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Catawba County (North Carolina)

Religious Traditions, 2010

52,233 2,276 32,751 3,840 2,004 61,254
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant 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
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 160 1.35
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 3,022 25.52
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 1,266 10.69
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 439 3.71
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 3,897 32.91
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 2,610 22.04
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 135 1.14
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 350 2.96
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 515 4.35
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 977 8.25
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 29 0.24
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 87 0.73
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 984 8.31
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 73 0.62
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 454 3.83
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 1,283 10.84
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 26 13,198 111.46
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 45 0.38
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 10 0.08
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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1 300 2.53
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 895 7.56
Jewish Other Judaism 1 823 6.95
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 12 7,873 66.49
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 171 1.44
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 140 1.18
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 95 0.80
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 2,217 18.72
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 40 0.34
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 158 1.33
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 460 3.88
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 49 27,247 230.10
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 32 0.27
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 3,732 31.52
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 34 12,841 108.44
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 281 2.37
Totals: 203 86,839  

The population of Catawba County, North Carolina was 118,412 in 1990; in 1980 it was 105,208. The total population changed 12.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (86,839) included 73.3% of the total population in 1990.

* 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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