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Religious Traditions, 2010

85,092 6,056 20,666 4,159 1,741 88,372
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 18 2,735 13.27
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 1,458 7.07
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 2,049 9.94
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 48 0.23
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 3 4,159 20.18
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 0 0.00
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 80 0.39
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 123 0.60
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 32 7,917 38.42
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 74 0.36
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 1,185 5.75
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 76 0.37
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 200 0.97
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 56 0.27
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 878 4.26
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 11 3,839 18.63
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 127 0.62
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 870 4.22
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 946 4.59
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 4 --- ---
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 103 0.50
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 308 1.49
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 2,607 12.65
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 686 3.33
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 6 2,328 11.30
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 184 0.89
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
44 9,371 45.47
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 --- ---
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 0 0.00
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 --- ---
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 15 4,497 21.82
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 615 2.98
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 200 0.97
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 180 0.87
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 279 1.35
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 131 56,643 274.85
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 94 0.46
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 31 11,358 55.11
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 10 1,441 6.99
Totals: 393 117,714  

The population of Gaston County, North Carolina was 206,086 in 2010; in 2000 it was 190,365. The total population changed 8.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (117,714) included 57.1% 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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