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Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

149,572 5,094 54,667   5,434 3,491 147,239
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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 282 115,977 317.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 99 31,812 87.0
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 34 11,886 32.5
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
50 9,488 26.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 13 7,918 21.7
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 5 5,434 14.9
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 18 5,047 13.8
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 22 3,744 10.2
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 2,942 8.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 2,871 7.9
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 2,784 7.6
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 15 2,496 6.8
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 2,150 5.9
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 13 2,081 5.7
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 8 2,067 5.7
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 6 1,160 3.2
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 1,099 3.0
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 947 2.6
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 10 821 2.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 8 751 2.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 734 2.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 658 1.8
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 367 1.0
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 326 0.9
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 308 0.8
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 296 0.8
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 275 0.8
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 265 0.7
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 221 0.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 4 210 0.6
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 152 0.4
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 151 0.4
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 150 0.4
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 134 0.4
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 96 0.3
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 90 0.2
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 89 0.2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 74 0.2
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 52 0.1
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 45 0.1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 1 45 0.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 45 0.1
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 0 ---
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 ---
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 0 ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 --- ---
Evangelical Association of Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 4 --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 8 --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Totals: 705 218,258  

The population of the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 365,497 in 2010; in 2000 it was 341,851. The total population changed 6.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (218,258) included 59.7% of the total population in 2010.

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 4 counties: Alexander County, North Carolina, Burke County, North Carolina, Caldwell County, North Carolina, Catawba County, North 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 for those who are interested in these trends.


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.

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