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Lenoir County (North Carolina)

Religious Traditions, 2010

20,198 2,196 7,361 464 3,175 26,101
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
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
37 7,595 127.66
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 18 5,124 86.12
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 14 3,019 50.74
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 23 2,970 49.92
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 13 1,955 32.86
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 1,726 29.01
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 1,559 26.20
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 1,473 24.76
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 1 1,247 20.96
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 9 1,187 19.95
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 975 16.39
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 714 12.00
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 602 10.12
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 520 8.74
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 489 8.22
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 464 7.80
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 464 7.80
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 380 6.39
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 308 5.18
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 171 2.87
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 121 2.03
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 107 1.80
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 51 0.86
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 43 0.72
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 41 0.69
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 40 0.67
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 34 0.57
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 15 0.25
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 8 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Totals: 183 33,394  

The population of Lenoir County, North Carolina was 59,495 in 2010; in 2000 it was 59,648. The total population changed -0.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (33,394) included 56.1% 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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