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Guilford County (North Carolina)

Religious Traditions, 2010

113,377 16,255 74,143 17,582 540 14,164 252,345
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 % Change
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 0 +10116 +135.5%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints +4 +3271 +191.6%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +7 +2378 +389.8%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +3 +1617 +188.7%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist +2 +986 +74.2%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +2 +739 +76.4%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +7 +552 +100%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +2 +548 +1304.8%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist +4 +540 +54.7%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +4 +324 +44.7%
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +3 +224 +69.8%
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 +174 +11.3%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism +1 +151 +2.7%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 0 +108 +63.2%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +4 +65 +13.1%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran -1 -291 -25.7%
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 -333 -47.6%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 -335 -51.9%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 -461 -41%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist +2 -490 -1.1%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 -574 -3.6%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness -3 -731 -68.6%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran +4 -847 -18%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness +1 -1461 -77.5%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -3 -2268 -44.8%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +40 -2520 -5.1%
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist -2 -14950 -93.4%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 0 --- ---
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +1 --- ---
Totals: +83 -3468 -2.1%

The population of Guilford County, North Carolina was 317,154 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (170,911) included 53.9% of the total population in 1980.

The population of Guilford County, North Carolina was 488,406 in 2010; in 2000 it was 421,048. The total population changed 16.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (236,061) included 48.3% 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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