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Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

149,572 5,094 54,667 5,434 3,491 147,239
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
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 300 1.03
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 13 1,591 5.44
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 29 0.10
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 107 0.37
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 886 3.03
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 1,266 4.33
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 7,525 25.73
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 32 0.11
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 97 0.33
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 705 2.41
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 525 1.80
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 55 0.19
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 233 106,807 365.27
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 5 3,523 12.05
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 8 2,023 6.92
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 10 0.03
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 171 0.58
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 97 0.33
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 135 0.46
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 1,313 4.49
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 73 0.25
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 158 0.54
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 10 836 2.86
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 350 1.20
Jewish Other Judaism 1 1,350 4.62
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 1,437 4.91
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 32 0.11
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 41 18,045 61.71
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 15 8,344 28.54
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 13 3,519 12.03
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 387 1.32
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 140 0.48
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 96 27,137 92.80
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 1,078 3.69
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 17 2,424 8.29
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 262 0.90
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 1,490 5.10
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 106 0.36
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 20 5,587 19.11
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 168 0.57
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 12 3,912 13.38
Totals: 569 204,032  

The population of the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 292,409 in 1990; in 1980 it was 270,457. The total population changed 8.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (204,032) included 69.8% 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 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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