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