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Religious Traditions, 2010

16,239 2,815 20,422 13,432 5,955 74,938
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 10 2,220 16.59
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 238 1.78
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 921 6.88
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 65 0.49
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 32 0.24
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 4 298 2.23
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 3 205 1.53
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 3 564 4.22
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 3 13,432 100.39
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 62 0.46
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 357 2.67
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 23 0.17
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 890 6.65
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 77 0.58
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,783 13.33
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 58 0.43
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 3,136 23.44
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 814 6.08
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 0.00
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 1 1,562 11.67
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 77 0.58
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 339 2.53
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 42 0.31
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 130 0.97
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 42 0.31
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 308 2.30
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
18 5,057 37.79
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 3,008 22.48
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 378 2.83
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism 1 505 3.77
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 177 1.32
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 26 8,699 65.01
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 647 4.84
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,145 8.56
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 27 11,336 84.72
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 58 0.43
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 172 1.29
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 6 0.04
Totals: 160 58,863  

The population of Orange County, North Carolina was 133,801 in 2010; in 2000 it was 118,227. The total population changed 13.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (58,863) included 44.0% 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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