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Cleveland County (North Carolina)

Religious Traditions, 2010

43,997 5,291 9,411 792 960 37,627
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
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 1,567 15.98
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 50 0.51
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 216 2.20
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 205 2.09
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 1 300 3.06
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 792 8.08
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 214 2.18
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 1,047 10.68
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 455 4.64
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 274 2.79
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 100 1.02
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 172 1.75
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 3 775 7.90
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 --- ---
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 298 3.04
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 176 1.79
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 277 2.82
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 8 3,146 32.08
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 182 1.86
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
24 3,848 39.23
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 1,543 15.73
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 0 0.00
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 182 1.86
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 74 0.75
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 167 1.70
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 104 36,854 375.76
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 37 6,921 70.57
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 616 6.28
Totals: 237 60,451  

The population of Cleveland County, North Carolina was 98,078 in 2010; in 2000 it was 96,287. The total population changed 1.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (60,451) included 61.6% 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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