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North Carolina

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 3,460 1,341,047 228.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2,016 592,967 100.8
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 591 311,006 52.9
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 770 205,608 35.0
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 155 94,768 16.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 223 87,790 14.9
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 256 73,232 12.5
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 322 57,596 9.8
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 251 54,489 9.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 414 38,213 6.5
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 282 30,477 5.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 152 26,573 4.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 80 21,600 3.7
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 46 21,280 3.6
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 45 20,020 3.4
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 150 19,917 3.4
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 54 17,451 3.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 92 17,230 2.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 85 15,104 2.6
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 118 14,322 2.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 160 14,212 2.4
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 20 13,787 2.3
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 37 12,514 2.1
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 37 10,063 1.7
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 57 9,147 1.6
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 47 9,015 1.5
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 59 8,826 1.5
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 44 5,744 1.0
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 41 5,135 0.9
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 33 4,826 0.8
Jewish Other Judaism 25 4,658 0.8
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 31 4,559 0.8
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 27 2,326 0.4
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 19 2,139 0.4
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 14 1,874 0.3
Holiness Church of God, Inc., The Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 1,025 0.2
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 585 0.1
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 401 0.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 348 0.1
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 7 287 0.0
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 7 285 0.0
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 261 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 3 260 0.0
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 211 0.0
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 173 0.0
Bible Church of Christ, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 141 0.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 74 0.0
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 71 0.0
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 55 0.0
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 46 0.0
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 38 0.0
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 17 0.0
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Totals: 10,281 3,173,793  

The population of North Carolina was 5,881,766 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,173,793) included 54.0% of the total population in 1980.

* 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.