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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
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 120 0.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 40 38,740 4.8
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 207 0.0
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 130 0.0
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism --- --- ---
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 428 0.1
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, OR Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 160 0.0
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 420 0.1
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 218 41,036 5.1
Assemblies of God International Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 59 11,101 1.4
Association of Messianic Congregations Other Judaism --- --- ---
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 24 5,162 0.6
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 0 ---
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Buddhists Other Other Groups 46 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 180 315,606 39.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 49 7,287 0.9
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 136 36,098 4.5
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 161 34,035 4.2
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 314 0.0
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 52 4,042 0.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 465 81,037 10.1
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 133 0.0
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 120 0.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 152 7,863 1.0
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 112 40,936 5.1
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 16 1,805 0.2
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 72 10,731 1.3
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 189 21,522 2.7
Churches of Christ in Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 5 383 0.0
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 691 0.1
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 703 0.1
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Conservative Yearly Meetings of Friends* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 234 46,020 5.7
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 110 0.0
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 253 80,068 9.9
Eritrean Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Evangelical Association of Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 1,207 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 1,480 0.2
Evangelical Friends Church International* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 237 88,830 11.0
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 21 7,417 0.9
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 54 9,294 1.2
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 66 0.0
Free Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 110 14,165 1.8
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Friends United Meeting* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 122 0.0
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 11 7,161 0.9
Hindus Other Other Groups 10 --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Independent Free Will Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 40 2,978 0.4
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 20 17,930 2.2
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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37 42,559 5.3
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 2,363 0.3
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 291 0.0
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 328 50,265 6.2
Jain Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Jewish Other Judaism 34 25,545 3.2
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Korean-American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 56 20,651 2.6
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 11 781 0.1
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 282 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 12 1,026 0.1
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 8 0.0
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 50 18,180 2.3
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 29 20,137 2.5
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 103 0.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 202 26,045 3.2
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 6,072 0.8
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 88 0.0
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 384 0.0
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 408 0.1
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 156 0.0
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 738 203,647 25.3
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 93 19,630 2.4
Presbyterian Reformed Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 94 --- ---
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 --- ---
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 249 0.0
Reformed Presbyterian Church Hanover Presbytery Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 36 7,719 1.0
Separate Baptists in Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 234 0.0
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 500 0.1
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 118 23,769 3.0
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3,717 1,512,058 187.8
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 73 --- ---
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 252 0.0
Unaffiliated Friends Meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism --- --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 22 5,181 0.6
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 234 50,088 6.2
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,964 638,785 79.4
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 169 0.0
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 2,837 0.4
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 174 32,475 4.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 9 821 0.1
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: 11,132 3,651,416  

The population of North Carolina was 8,049,313 in 2000; in 1990 it was 6,628,637. The total population changed 21.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,651,416) included 45.4% of the total population in 2000.

* 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.