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Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

619,582 61,453 299,065 9,099 117,957 33,754 1,076,102
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox 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 543 260,770 229.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 336 124,412 109.4
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 207 116,188 102.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 227 75,855 66.7
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 98 41,252 36.3
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 25 23,127 20.3
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 33 14,208 12.5
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 50 13,428 11.8
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 96 13,395 11.8
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 27 7,281 6.4
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 31 6,567 5.8
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 24 6,237 5.5
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 7 6,031 5.3
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 23 4,078 3.6
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 3,893 3.4
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 10 3,845 3.4
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 23 3,616 3.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 29 3,232 2.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 10 3,178 2.8
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 2,969 2.6
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 9 2,631 2.3
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 16 1,741 1.5
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 1,731 1.5
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 7 1,509 1.3
Jewish Other Judaism 6 1,161 1.0
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 6 1,055 0.9
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 590 0.5
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 6 529 0.5
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 528 0.5
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 455 0.4
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 425 0.4
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 269 0.2
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 140 0.1
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 104 0.1
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 94 0.1
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 50 0.0
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 35 0.0
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 24 0.0
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 17 0.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Totals: 1,897 746,650  

The population of the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 1,137,438 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (746,650) included 65.6% of the total population in 1980.

Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 10 counties: Cabarrus County, North Carolina, Chester County, South Carolina, Gaston County, North Carolina, Iredell County, North Carolina, Lancaster County, South Carolina, Lincoln County, North Carolina, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Rowan County, North Carolina, Union County, North Carolina, York County, South Carolina.

* 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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