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Raleigh, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

224,978 19,574 114,739 2,650 103,910 36,866 627,773
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
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 12 2,306 5.7
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 13 9,960 24.8
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 538 1.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 865 2.2
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 11 12,314 30.6
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 729 1.8
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 8 1,015 2.5
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 31 4,885 12.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 2 265 0.7
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 1,362 3.4
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 936 2.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 23 1,823 4.5
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 1,359 3.4
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 498 1.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 5 1,011 2.5
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 16 7,357 18.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 5 2,871 7.1
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 308 0.8
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 257 0.6
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 18 1,962 4.9
Jewish Other Judaism 2 592 1.5
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 735 1.8
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 60 0.1
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 276 0.7
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 38 0.1
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 1,645 4.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 39 14,050 35.0
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 323 0.8
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 944 2.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 440 1.1
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 164 83,262 207.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 191 0.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 34 6,457 16.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 65 35,978 89.5
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 74 0.2
Totals: 504 197,686  

The population of the Raleigh, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 401,981 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (197,686) included 49.2% of the total population in 1980.

Raleigh, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 3 counties: Franklin County, North Carolina, Johnston County, North Carolina, Wake 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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