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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 97 50,522 310.77
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 38 13,751 84.59
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 26 9,714 59.75
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 20 6,600 40.60
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 15 5,995 36.88
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 33 4,441 27.32
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 3 2,224 13.68
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,870 11.50
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 1,586 9.76
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 1,215 7.47
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 1,054 6.48
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 806 4.96
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 770 4.74
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 411 2.53
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 398 2.45
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 309 1.90
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 216 1.33
Jewish Other Judaism 1 208 1.28
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 110 0.68
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 104 0.64
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 70 0.43
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 25 0.15
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 0 0 0.00
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Totals: 272 102,399  

The population of Gaston County, North Carolina was 162,568 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (102,399) included 63.0% of the total population in 1980.

* 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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