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