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Religious Traditions, 2010

57,203 6,745 29,045 10,471 375 8,254 155,494
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 51 28,526 127.74
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 28 12,528 56.10
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 4,449 19.92
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 6 6,787 30.39
Jewish Other Judaism 6 4,000 17.91
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,416 6.34
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 983 4.40
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 5 2,846 12.74
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 795 3.56
Buddhists Other Other Groups 4 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 4 9,818 43.96
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 204 0.91
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,727 7.73
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 4 1,169 5.23
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 512 2.29
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 459 2.06
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 509 2.28
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 3 1,941 8.69
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 180 0.81
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 2 196 0.88
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 142 0.64
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 350 1.57
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
2 725 3.25
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 1,125 5.04
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 811 3.63
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 890 3.99
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 50 0.22
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 94 0.42
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 98 0.44
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 61 0.27
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 0 0.00
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 54 0.24
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 175 0.78
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 85 0.38
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 58 0.26
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 291 1.30
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 1,500 6.72
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 1,522 6.82
Jain Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 267 1.20
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 42 0.19
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 69 0.31
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 222 0.99
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 139 0.62
Totals: 192 87,815  

The population of Durham County, North Carolina was 223,314 in 2000; in 1990 it was 181,835. The total population changed 22.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (87,815) included 39.3% of the total population in 2000.

* 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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