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Buncombe County (North Carolina)

Religious Traditions, 2010

82,696 2,019 23,724 9,014 444 4,668 115,753
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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 109 57,532 278.83
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 53 15,043 72.91
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 17 5,092 24.68
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 1,733 8.40
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 1,382 6.70
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 3,396 16.46
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 10 3,178 15.40
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 556 2.69
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 7 2,231 10.81
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 5 8,470 41.05
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 397 1.92
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 186 0.90
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 604 2.93
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 1,200 5.82
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 1,190 5.77
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 78 0.38
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 940 4.56
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 595 2.88
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 3 1,242 6.02
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 231 1.12
Bah' Other Other Groups 2 224 1.09
Buddhists Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 422 2.05
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
2 2,000 9.69
Jewish Other Judaism 2 1,300 6.30
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 255 1.24
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 120 0.58
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 207 1.00
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 114 0.55
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 50 0.24
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 101 0.49
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 405 1.96
Independent Free Will Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 36 0.17
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 550 2.67
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 70 0.34
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 37 0.18
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 48 0.23
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 288 1.40
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 171 0.83
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 733 3.55
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 199 0.96
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 66 0.32
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 0 0.00
Totals: 311 112,672  

The population of Buncombe County, North Carolina was 206,330 in 2000; in 1990 it was 174,821. The total population changed 18.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (112,672) included 54.6% 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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