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Religious Traditions, 2010

2,585,530 248,257 1,130,241 15,489 392,912 157,936 5,005,118
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents % Change
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +524 +1,001 +0.1%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement +169 -9,166 -25.4%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +59 +15,050 +36.7%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +52 +8,322 +10.3%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +52 +7,149 +14.2%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist +48 +5,645 +23.7%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints +41 +35,846 +87.6%
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups +21 +5,908 +29.3%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +20 -2,641 -23.8%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +16 +454 +2.3%
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +10 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism +9 +77,306 +24.5%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement +8 +2,726 +12.7%
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist +8 --- ---
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +7 -303 -4.1%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +6 +1,509 +7.3%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness +6 -159 -2.1%
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +5 +573 +140.4%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal +5 +1,333 +25.7%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist +4 +9,773 +25.2%
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist +4 -10,099 -21.9%
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist +4 +2,650 +2,409.1%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism +4 +3,166 +4.0%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +4 +4,835 +67.5%
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +4 +2,444 +30,550.0%
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +4 +278 +72.4%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +3 +2,050 +28.1%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +3 +349 +19.3%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +3 +388 +248.7%
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +2 -83 -40.1%
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints +2 +462 +120.6%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +2 +1,880 +127.0%
Sikh Other Other Groups +2 --- ---
Bahá'í Other Other Groups +1 +681 +13.2%
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +1 +63 +52.5%
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 +130 +18.5%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness +1 +13 +19.7%
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +1 -1,745 -73.8%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 +470 +456.3%
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +1 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +1 -1,243 -43.8%
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist +0 -49 -40.8%
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 +96 +22.4%
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -120 -28.6%
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist +0 -23 -17.3%
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 -22 -3.2%
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +0 -26 -8.9%
Jain Other Other Groups +0 --- ---
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist +0 +0 +0.0%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 -52 -20.9%
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 +100 +20.0%
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +0 +33 +13.1%
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 --- ---
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist -1 +475 +39.4%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran -1 +249 +30.3%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -2 -169 -53.8%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -2 -81 -10.4%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness -3 -757 -18.7%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness -3 -1,915 -17.8%
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist -3 -3,758 -20.7%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness -4 -8,767 -27.0%
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups -5 -332 -32.4%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement -6 -2,691 -7.9%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -6 +838 +10.7%
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -7 +242 +2.6%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist -7 +120 +0.5%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran -22 -19,667 -22.1%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -28 -17,978 -8.8%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist -41 +20,279 +3.2%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -73 -18,293 -36.5%
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism --- --- ---
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, OR Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Assemblies of God International Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Association of Messianic Congregations Other Judaism --- --- ---
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Churches of Christ in Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Conservative Yearly Meetings of Friends* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Eritrean Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Evangelical Association of Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Evangelical Friends Church International* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Free Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Friends United Meeting* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Korean-American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Presbyterian Reformed Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church Hanover Presbytery Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Unaffiliated Friends Meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism --- --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: +905 +114,747 +3%

The population of North Carolina was 9,535,483 in 2010; in 2000 it was 8,049,313. The total population changed 18.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (4,530,365) included 47.5% of the total population in 2010.

The population of North Carolina was 8,049,313 in 2000; in 1990 it was 6,628,637. The total population changed 21.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,651,416) included 45.4% 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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