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Polk County (North Carolina)

Religious Traditions, 2010

6,868 350 2,443 1,039 35 9,775
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
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 116 8.93
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 204 15.71
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 424 32.66
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 27 2.08
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 284 21.87
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 37 2.85
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 53 4.08
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 589 45.36
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 0 0 0.00
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 608 46.83
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 190 14.63
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 25 6,455 497.15
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 422 32.50
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 747 57.53
Totals: 52 10,156  

The population of Polk County, North Carolina was 12,984 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (10,156) included 78.2% of the total population in 1980.

* 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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