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North Carolina

Religious Traditions, 2010

2,585,530 248,257 1,130,241 392,912 15,489 157,936 5,005,118
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic Orthodox 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
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 120 0.01
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 40 38,740 4.81
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 207 0.03
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 130 0.02
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 428 0.05
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 160 0.02
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 420 0.05
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 218 41,036 5.10
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 59 11,101 1.38
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 24 5,162 0.64
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 0 0.00
Buddhists Other Other Groups 46 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 180 315,606 39.21
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 49 7,287 0.91
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 136 36,098 4.48
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 161 34,035 4.23
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 314 0.04
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 52 4,042 0.50
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 465 81,037 10.07
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 133 0.02
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 120 0.01
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 152 7,863 0.98
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 112 40,936 5.09
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 16 1,805 0.22
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 72 10,731 1.33
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 189 21,522 2.67
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 5 383 0.05
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 691 0.09
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 703 0.09
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 234 46,020 5.72
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 110 0.01
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 253 80,068 9.95
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 1,207 0.15
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 1,480 0.18
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 237 88,830 11.04
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 21 7,417 0.92
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 54 9,294 1.15
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 66 0.01
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 110 14,165 1.76
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 122 0.02
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 11 7,161 0.89
Hindus Other Other Groups 10 --- ---
Independent Free Will Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 40 2,978 0.37
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 20 17,930 2.23
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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37 42,559 5.29
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 2,363 0.29
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 291 0.04
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 328 50,265 6.24
Jain Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Jewish Other Judaism 34 25,545 3.17
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 56 20,651 2.57
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 11 781 0.10
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 282 0.04
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 12 1,026 0.13
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 8 0.00
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 50 18,180 2.26
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 29 20,137 2.50
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 103 0.01
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 202 26,045 3.24
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 6,072 0.75
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 88 0.01
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 384 0.05
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 408 0.05
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 156 0.02
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 738 203,647 25.30
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 93 19,630 2.44
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 94 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 --- ---
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 249 0.03
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 36 7,719 0.96
Separate Baptists in Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 234 0.03
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 500 0.06
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 118 23,769 2.95
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3,717 1,512,058 187.85
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 73 --- ---
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 252 0.03
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 22 5,181 0.64
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 234 50,088 6.22
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,964 638,785 79.36
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 169 0.02
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 2,837 0.35
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 174 32,475 4.03
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 9 821 0.10
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.


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