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Craven County (North Carolina)

Religious Traditions, 2010

23,673 4,466 12,740 6,394 0 1,806 54,426
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic Orthodox 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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 19 11,480 110.91
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 19 8,237 79.58
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 6,394 61.77
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
23 4,718 45.58
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 18 3,917 37.84
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 15 2,264 21.87
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,829 17.67
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 1,547 14.95
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 5 1,170 11.30
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 1,083 10.46
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 1,011 9.77
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 16 954 9.22
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 840 8.12
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 726 7.01
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 3 528 5.10
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 446 4.31
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 368 3.56
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 331 3.20
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 245 2.37
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 181 1.75
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 167 1.61
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 148 1.43
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 104 1.00
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 101 0.98
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 90 0.87
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 64 0.62
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 58 0.56
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 29 0.28
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 28 0.27
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 21 0.20
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 5 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Totals: 185 49,079  

The population of Craven County, North Carolina was 103,505 in 2010; in 2000 it was 91,436. The total population changed 13.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (49,079) included 47.4% 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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