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Wilmington, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

54,719 8,536 30,005 375 16,679 4,519 140,051
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 67 35,171 138.0
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 8 16,679 65.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 21 15,283 60.0
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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50 13,537 53.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 21 6,529 25.6
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 10 4,821 18.9
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 24 4,672 18.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 5 2,513 9.9
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 2,444 9.6
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 9 1,981 7.8
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 1,524 6.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 963 3.8
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 3 924 3.6
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 900 3.5
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 829 3.3
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 650 2.6
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 533 2.1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 526 2.1
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 451 1.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 411 1.6
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 411 1.6
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 382 1.5
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 340 1.3
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 325 1.3
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 206 0.8
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 189 0.7
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 181 0.7
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 159 0.6
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 136 0.5
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 135 0.5
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 122 0.5
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 118 0.5
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 100 0.4
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 100 0.4
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 95 0.4
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 79 0.3
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 77 0.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 75 0.3
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 63 0.2
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 1 60 0.2
Conservative Yearly Meetings of Friends* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 57 0.2
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 50 0.2
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 32 0.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 0 ---
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 0 ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 7 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 5 --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 11 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 324 114,833  

The population of the Wilmington, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 254,884 in 2010; in 2000 it was 201,389. The total population changed 26.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (114,833) included 45.1% of the total population in 2010.

Wilmington, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 2 counties: New Hanover County, North Carolina, Pender 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 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.