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Buncombe County (North Carolina)

Religious Traditions, 2010

82,696 2,019 23,724 9,014 444 4,668 115,753
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 116 59,419 249.33
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 49 13,809 57.94
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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33 9,989 41.91
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 5 9,014 37.82
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 16 3,718 15.60
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 10 3,532 14.82
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 9 2,459 10.32
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 2,447 10.27
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 1,764 7.40
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 1,752 7.35
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 3 1,335 5.60
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 1,219 5.12
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 968 4.06
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 901 3.78
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 727 3.05
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 721 3.03
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 713 2.99
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 624 2.62
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 546 2.29
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 546 2.29
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 515 2.16
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 475 1.99
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 413 1.73
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 392 1.64
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 1 332 1.39
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 325 1.36
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 2 257 1.08
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 249 1.04
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 249 1.04
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 5 244 1.02
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 243 1.02
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 243 1.02
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 238 1.00
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 229 0.96
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 184 0.77
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 181 0.76
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 178 0.75
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 150 0.63
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 3 147 0.62
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 131 0.55
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 125 0.52
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 125 0.52
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 99 0.42
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 95 0.40
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 2 92 0.39
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 80 0.34
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 79 0.33
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 71 0.30
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 68 0.29
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 1 60 0.25
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 40 0.17
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 31 0.13
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 15 0.06
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 7 0.03
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 0 0.00
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 7 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 4 --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Totals: 382 122,565  

The population of Buncombe County, North Carolina was 238,318 in 2010; in 2000 it was 206,330. The total population changed 15.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (122,565) included 51.4% 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 www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

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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