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Orange County (North Carolina)

Religious Traditions, 2010

16,239 2,815 20,422 13,432 5,955 74,938
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 22 8,712 92.83
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 21 7,068 75.31
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 5,229 55.72
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 3 4,087 43.55
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 2,252 24.00
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 2,166 23.08
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 1,167 12.43
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 930 9.91
Jewish Other Judaism 0 724 7.71
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 715 7.62
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 540 5.75
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 341 3.63
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 266 2.83
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 190 2.02
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 158 1.68
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 126 1.34
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 118 1.26
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 80 0.85
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 80 0.85
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 55 0.59
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 52 0.55
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 41 0.44
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 40 0.43
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 26 0.28
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 22 0.23
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 0 0.00
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Totals: 93 35,185  

The population of Orange County, North Carolina was 93,851 in 1990; in 1980 it was 77,055. The total population changed 21.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (35,185) included 37.5% 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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