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Rocky Mount, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

46,667 2,560 11,385   1,861 930 88,989
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 61 26,320 197.5
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 17,035 127.9
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 28 9,006 67.6
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 3,679 27.6
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 15 2,840 21.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 2,577 19.3
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 9 2,153 16.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 1,777 13.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 7 1,552 11.6
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 3 1,224 9.2
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 659 4.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 3 528 4.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 499 3.7
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 417 3.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 389 2.9
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 312 2.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 159 1.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 2 114 0.9
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 96 0.7
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 91 0.7
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 89 0.7
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 87 0.7
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 75 0.6
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 43 0.3
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 43 0.3
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 34 0.3
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 26 0.2
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
--- --- ---
Jewish Other Judaism 1 0 ---
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Totals: 196 71,824  

The population of the Rocky Mount, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 133,235 in 1990; in 1980 it was 123,141. The total population changed 8.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (71,824) included 53.9% of the total population in 1990.

Rocky Mount, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 2 counties: Edgecombe County, North Carolina, Nash 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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