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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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 22 8,501 71.90
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 22 8,180 69.19
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 3 6,905 58.40
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 2,807 23.74
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 2,539 21.48
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 1,203 10.18
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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1 1,200 10.15
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,024 8.66
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 704 5.95
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 700 5.92
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 678 5.73
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 381 3.22
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 207 1.75
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 3 204 1.73
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 161 1.36
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 150 1.27
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 117 0.99
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 100 0.85
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 90 0.76
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 59 0.50
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 47 0.40
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 34 0.29
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 23 0.19
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 18 0.15
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 0 0.00
Buddhists Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Hindus Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 95 36,032  

The population of Orange County, North Carolina was 118,227 in 2000; in 1990 it was 93,851. The total population changed 26.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (36,032) included 30.5% 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 www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

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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