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Cabarrus County (North Carolina)

Religious Traditions, 2010

57,730 3,058 27,978 4,425 1,335 83,485
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 52 22,702 229.46
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 26 12,734 128.71
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 29 11,259 113.80
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 16 5,041 50.95
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 19 4,876 49.28
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 4,712 47.63
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 3,065 30.98
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 1,873 18.93
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 1,617 16.34
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 15 1,558 15.75
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 1,557 15.74
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 1,099 11.11
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 737 7.45
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 561 5.67
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 538 5.44
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 511 5.17
Jewish Other Judaism 0 467 4.72
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 420 4.25
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 353 3.57
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 347 3.51
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 282 2.85
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 281 2.84
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 263 2.66
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 215 2.17
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 200 2.02
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 182 1.84
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 170 1.72
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 153 1.55
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 131 1.32
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 113 1.14
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 71 0.72
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 69 0.70
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Totals: 228 78,157  

The population of Cabarrus County, North Carolina was 98,935 in 1990; in 1980 it was 85,895. The total population changed 15.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (78,157) included 79.0% of the total population in 1990.

* 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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