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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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 1,278 9.02
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 690 4.87
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 54 0.38
Buddhists Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 4,399 31.05
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 734 5.18
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 219 1.55
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 473 3.34
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 1,271 8.97
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 1,047 7.39
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 59 0.42
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 477 3.37
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 1,426 10.06
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 47 0.33
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 25 11,454 80.84
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 11 0.08
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 79 0.56
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 957 6.75
Jewish Other Judaism 1 110 0.78
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 12 8,347 58.91
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 161 1.14
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 22 0.16
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 130 0.92
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 129 0.91
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 20 0.14
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 2,467 17.41
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 0 0.00
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 228 1.61
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 560 3.95
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 62 30,966 218.56
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 52 0.37
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 2,973 20.98
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 35 14,369 101.42
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 522 3.68
Totals: 207 85,731  

The population of Catawba County, North Carolina was 141,685 in 2000; in 1990 it was 118,412. The total population changed 19.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (85,731) included 60.5% 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 for those who are interested in these trends.


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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