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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
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
18 5,057 37.79
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 177 1.32
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 921 6.88
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 62 0.46
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 339 2.53
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 26 8,699 65.01
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 3 13,432 100.39
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 3,136 23.44
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 0.00
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 42 0.31
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 23 0.17
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 58 0.43
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 172 1.29
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism 1 505 3.77
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,783 13.33
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 647 4.84
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 814 6.08
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 130 0.97
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 2,220 16.59
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 238 1.78
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 357 2.67
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 27 11,336 84.72
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 4 298 2.23
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 3 205 1.53
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 3 564 4.22
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 1 1,562 11.67
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 77 0.58
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 308 2.30
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 6 0.04
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 65 0.49
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 890 6.65
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 77 0.58
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 42 0.31
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 58 0.43
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 32 0.24
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 3,008 22.48
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 378 2.83
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,145 8.56
Totals: 160 58,863  

The population of Orange County, North Carolina was 133,801 in 2010; in 2000 it was 118,227. The total population changed 13.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (58,863) included 44.0% 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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