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Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

619,582 61,453 299,065 9,099 117,957 33,754 1,076,102
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational adherents include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The 2010 reports contain incomplete counts of congregations and adherents belonging to the eight largest historically African-American denominations. These denominations are not included in the 2000 reports and are largely missing from the 1990 and 1980 reports.
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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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389 139,648 63.0
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 29 --- ---
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 30 6,134 2.8
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 7 --- ---
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 106 0.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 10 20,974 9.5
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 7 841 0.4
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 1,725 0.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 37 6,653 3.0
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 156 0.1
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 2,400 1.1
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 6 --- ---
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 46 4,785 2.2
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 686 0.3
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 33 17,408 7.9
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 7 1,190 0.5
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 88 0.0
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 499 0.2
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 782 343,450 154.9
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 35 117,957 53.2
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 3 --- ---
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 300 0.1
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 240 0.1
Eritrean Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 200 0.1
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 7,860 3.5
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 54 0.0
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 165 0.1
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 100 0.0
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 180 0.1
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 10 --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 34 16,809 7.6
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 110 0.0
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 78 0.0
Conservative Yearly Meetings of Friends* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 21 0.0
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 128 0.1
Friends United Meeting* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 125 0.1
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 1,304 0.6
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 1,116 0.5
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 29 4,586 2.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 77 0.0
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 2,197 1.0
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 1,137 0.5
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 35 4,372 2.0
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Association of Messianic Congregations Other Judaism 1 --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 2 2,068 0.9
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 2 120 0.1
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism 1 84 0.0
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 3 3,305 1.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 27 16,854 7.6
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 118 0.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 3 1,096 0.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 82 28,204 12.7
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 15 3,685 1.7
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 14 6,739 3.0
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 19 --- ---
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 278 0.1
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 9 2,278 1.0
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 192 35,056 15.8
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 1,871 0.8
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 1,960 0.9
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 --- ---
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 646 0.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 334 159,764 72.1
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 5 2,686 1.2
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 5 1,190 0.5
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 2 696 0.3
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 1 129 0.1
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 5 115 0.1
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 1,033 0.5
Jain Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 2 198 0.1
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 15 4,254 1.9
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 6 0.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 46 12,878 5.8
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 133 37,205 16.8
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 10 2,465 1.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 23 1,387 0.6
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 66 0.0
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 28 7,212 3.3
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 30 3,608 1.6
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 19 --- ---
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 144 0.1
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 64 9,590 4.3
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Evangelical Association of Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 --- ---
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 2,371 1.1
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 411 0.2
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 206 67,768 30.6
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 43 11,905 5.4
Presbyterian Reformed Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church Hanover Presbytery Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 22 3,608 1.6
Totals: 3,040 1,140,910  

The population of the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 2,217,012 in 2010; in 2000 it was 1,717,372. The total population changed 29.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,140,910) included 51.5% of the total population in 2010.

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 10 counties: Cabarrus County, North Carolina, Chester County, South Carolina, Gaston County, North Carolina, Iredell County, North Carolina, Lancaster County, South Carolina, Lincoln County, North Carolina, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Rowan County, North Carolina, Union County, North Carolina, York County, South Carolina.

* In an effort to better match the ASARB standards for adherents, a few religious bodies changed the way their adherents were reported in 2010, including the Catholic Church, Amish groups, Friends groups, Jewish groups, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Non-denominational Christian Churches, and the United Methodist Church. This change does not affect any of the data in the newly released 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. In fact, the data for these groups are now more comparable to that of other bodies than it was in previous decadal reports.

However, the change in methodology can distort assessments on growth or decline between 2000 and 2010 for each of these groups. County-level 2000 data using the new methodology are not readily available. ASARB staff has adjusted some 2000 county-level adherent statistics to allow for a more accurate picture on growth or decline. The revised maps and charts are now available on-line at www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

2010 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 236 religious groups, providing information on the number of their congregations and adherents within each state and county in the United States. Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E. Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study, published by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). [More information on the data collection]

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2010 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of 7.6 in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that about 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County were Episcopalian.