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Gaston County (North Carolina)

Religious Traditions, 2010

85,092 6,056 20,666 4,159 1,741 88,372
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 131 56,643 274.85
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 31 11,358 55.11
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
44 9,371 45.47
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 32 7,917 38.42
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 15 4,497 21.82
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 3 4,159 20.18
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 11 3,839 18.63
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 18 2,735 13.27
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 2,607 12.65
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 6 2,328 11.30
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 2,049 9.94
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 1,458 7.07
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 10 1,441 6.99
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 1,185 5.75
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 946 4.59
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 878 4.26
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 870 4.22
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 686 3.33
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 615 2.98
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 308 1.49
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 279 1.35
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 200 0.97
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 200 0.97
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 184 0.89
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 180 0.87
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 127 0.62
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 123 0.60
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 103 0.50
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 94 0.46
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 80 0.39
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 76 0.37
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 74 0.36
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 56 0.27
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 48 0.23
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 0 0.00
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 0 0.00
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 4 --- ---
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 --- ---
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Totals: 393 117,714  

The population of Gaston County, North Carolina was 206,086 in 2010; in 2000 it was 190,365. The total population changed 8.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (117,714) included 57.1% 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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