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Winston-Salem, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

172,233 12,701 102,999 1,220 18,387 6,644 326,411
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
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 25 13,117 26.9
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 6 4,514 9.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 3,654 7.5
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 30,570 62.6
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 11 10,539 21.6
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 1,188 2.4
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 375 0.8
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 10 2,285 4.7
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 19 4,733 9.7
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 55 0.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 17 1,777 3.6
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 305 0.6
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 7 2,006 4.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 417 0.9
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 209 0.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 27 3,482 7.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 12 4,080 8.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 18 5,048 10.3
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 203 0.4
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 775 1.6
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 92 0.2
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 17 2,538 5.2
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 1,900 3.9
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
2 3,390 6.9
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 20 2,278 4.7
Jewish Other Judaism 2 1,633 3.3
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 886 1.8
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 56 0.1
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 37 16,573 34.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 1,062 2.2
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 150 0.3
Old Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 10 0.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 32 9,886 20.3
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 426 0.9
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 14 477 1.0
Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 31 0.1
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 365 0.7
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 1,962 4.0
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 161 81,080 166.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 227 0.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 28 8,866 18.2
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 177 58,089 119.0
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 16 2,409 4.9
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Totals: 733 283,718  

The population of the Winston-Salem, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 488,125 in 1990; in 1980 it was 442,969. The total population changed 10.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (283,718) included 58.1% of the total population in 1990.

Winston-Salem, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 5 counties: Davidson County, North Carolina, Davie County, North Carolina, Forsyth County, North Carolina, Stokes County, North Carolina, Yadkin 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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