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Johnston County (North Carolina)

Religious Traditions, 2010

41,366 2,049 12,784 4,263 1,092 107,324
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 Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 1,473 8.72
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 448 2.65
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 705 4.17
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 90 0.53
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 45 0.27
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 4,263 25.24
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 20 1,727 10.23
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 0 0.00
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 1,793 10.62
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 602 3.56
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 993 5.88
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 133 0.79
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 25 3,938 23.32
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 524 3.10
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 54 0.32
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 18 3,684 21.81
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 2 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 722 4.28
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 470 2.78
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 730 4.32
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 128 0.76
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
21 8,754 51.84
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 13 1,664 9.85
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 97 0.57
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 166 0.98
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 191 1.13
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 53 19,761 117.01
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 146 0.86
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 5 --- ---
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 21 8,253 48.87
Totals: 259 61,554  

The population of Johnston County, North Carolina was 168,878 in 2010; in 2000 it was 121,965. The total population changed 38.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (61,554) included 36.4% 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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