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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 14 1,780 3.3
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 14 9,984 18.5
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 3,047 5.6
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 2,791 5.2
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 0 ---
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 39,844 73.6
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 15 24,637 45.5
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 1,195 2.2
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 6 789 1.5
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 29 4,995 9.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 6 427 0.8
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 261 0.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 31 3,129 5.8
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 29 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 21 923 1.7
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 8 2,617 4.8
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 853 1.6
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 9 1,875 3.5
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 1,326 2.5
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 14 8,579 15.9
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 6 4,767 8.8
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 101 0.2
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 160 0.3
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 1,225 2.3
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
8 4,690 8.7
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 20 2,222 4.1
Jewish Other Judaism 3 3,548 6.6
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 1,079 2.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 90 0.2
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 409 0.8
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 2,540 4.7
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 40 17,727 32.8
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 774 1.4
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 17 245 0.5
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 205 0.4
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 286 0.5
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 801 1.5
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 172 97,496 180.2
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 434 0.8
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 33 6,593 12.2
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 66 43,206 79.8
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 140 0.3
Totals: 604 297,819  

The population of the Raleigh, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 541,100 in 1990; in 1980 it was 401,981. The total population changed 34.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (297,819) included 55.0% of the total population in 1990.

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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