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Religious Traditions, 2010

2,585,530 248,257 1,130,241 15,489 392,912 157,936 5,005,118
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 4,241 1,513,059 158.7
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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1,948 565,051 59.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,923 659,064 69.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 710 185,669 19.5
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 613 109,087 11.4
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 517 89,359 9.4
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 380 57,414 6.0
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 305 26,932 2.8
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 277 56,086 5.9
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 257 83,234 8.7
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 238 35,921 3.8
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 215 69,163 7.3
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 197 24,248 2.5
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 195 26,165 2.7
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 189 36,281 3.8
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 189 428,860 45.0
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 174 --- ---
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 170 23,708 2.5
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 166 29,414 3.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 161 31,795 3.3
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 158 --- ---
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 155 31,344 3.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 153 76,782 8.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 146 8,701 0.9
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 131 --- ---
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 109 20,084 2.1
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 105 48,281 5.1
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 85 15,549 1.6
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 79 8,460 0.9
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 75 22,849 2.4
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 69 8,816 0.9
Friends United Meeting* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 68 8,471 0.9
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 68 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 62 22,160 2.3
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 52 9,337 1.0
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 50 26,045 2.7
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 49 3,285 0.3
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 47 9,536 1.0
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 47 14,422 1.5
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 45 --- ---
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 44 48,513 5.1
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 42 --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 42 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 42 7,560 0.8
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 37 --- ---
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 33 8,324 0.9
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 32 --- ---
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 29 9,883 1.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 28 7,114 0.7
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 27 6,514 0.7
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 25 5,843 0.6
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 21 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 21 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 20 --- ---
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 20 --- ---
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 19 2,154 0.2
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 18 688 0.1
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 18 626 0.1
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 18 1,616 0.2
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 18 11,530 1.2
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 16 4,801 0.5
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 15 11,996 1.3
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 15 6,830 0.7
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 15 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 1,594 0.2
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 12 981 0.1
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 12 --- ---
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 11 1,111 0.1
Evangelical Association of Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 10 --- ---
Evangelical Friends Church International* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 9 396 0.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 9 700 0.1
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 9 725 0.1
Conservative Yearly Meetings of Friends* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 505 0.1
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 8 662 0.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 8 1,070 0.1
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 7 2,442 0.3
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 7 845 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 3,360 0.4
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 7 694 0.1
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 6 5,317 0.6
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 1,682 0.2
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 6 4,271 0.4
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 6 --- ---
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 285 0.0
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 2,760 0.3
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 265 0.0
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 2,452 0.3
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 5 3,085 0.3
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 544 0.1
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 --- ---
Churches of Christ in Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 --- ---
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 4 219 0.0
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 4 4,383 0.5
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 618 0.1
Sikh Other Other Groups 4 --- ---
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 124 0.0
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 833 0.1
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 --- ---
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 79 0.0
Jain Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 --- ---
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 573 0.1
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 179 0.0
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 --- ---
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 524 0.1
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 --- ---
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 110 0.0
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 183 0.0
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 669 0.1
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 775 0.1
Eritrean Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 200 0.0
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism 2 589 0.1
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 600 0.1
Unaffiliated Friends Meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 --- ---
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 71 0.0
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 127 0.0
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, OR Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 43 0.0
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 300 0.0
Assemblies of God International Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Association of Messianic Congregations Other Judaism 1 --- ---
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 45 0.0
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 145 0.0
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Free Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Korean-American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 54 0.0
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 75 0.0
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 88 0.0
Presbyterian Reformed Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 197 0.0
Reformed Presbyterian Church Hanover Presbytery Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 85 0.0
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 15 0.0
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism 1 --- ---
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 40 0.0
Totals: 15,737 4,566,313  

The population of North Carolina was 9,535,483 in 2010; in 2000 it was 8,049,313. The total population changed 18.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (4,530,365) included 47.5% of the total population in 2010.

* 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.