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Rocky Mount, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

46,667 2,560 11,385 1,861 930 88,989
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
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 875 5.74
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 307 2.01
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, OR Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 43 0.28
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 1,570 10.30
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 24 0.16
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 3 1,861 12.21
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 9 514 3.37
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 242 1.59
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 16 3,739 24.54
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 183 1.20
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 339 2.22
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 526 3.45
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 234 1.54
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 121 0.79
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 12 1,807 11.86
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 8 1,485 9.74
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 166 1.09
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 1,335 8.76
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 4 --- ---
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 163 1.07
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 308 2.02
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 558 3.66
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 3 551 3.62
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 184 1.21
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
52 8,878 58.26
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 109 0.72
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 12 2,011 13.20
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 460 3.02
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 27 0.18
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 228 1.50
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 225 1.48
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 77 26,855 176.22
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 45 0.30
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 0 0.00
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 11 --- ---
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 25 7,209 47.31
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 221 1.45
Totals: 296 63,403  

The population of the Rocky Mount, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 152,392 in 2010; in 2000 it was 143,026. The total population changed 6.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (63,403) included 41.6% 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 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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