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Henderson County (North Carolina)

Religious Traditions, 2010

35,836 538 10,944 4,347 65 1,351 53,659
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
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 359 3.36
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 179 1.68
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 4,347 40.73
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 133 1.25
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 479 4.49
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 141 1.32
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 89 0.83
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 452 4.23
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 21 0.20
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 81 0.76
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 601 5.63
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 307 2.88
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 261 2.45
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 585 5.48
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 232 2.17
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 130 1.22
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
13 2,746 25.73
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 12 0.11
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 1,019 9.55
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 178 1.67
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 2,147 20.11
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 59 25,936 242.98
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 286 2.68
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 7 2,135 20.00
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 1,016 9.52
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 52 0.49
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,986 18.61
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 267 2.50
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 13 5,488 51.41
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 65 0.61
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 33 0.31
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 762 7.14
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 2 --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 286 2.68
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 270 2.53
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 154 53,081  

The population of Henderson County, North Carolina was 106,740 in 2010; in 2000 it was 89,173. The total population changed 19.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (53,081) included 49.7% 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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