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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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 3 5,304 27.86
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 1,712 8.99
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 1,896 9.96
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 62 0.33
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 50 0.26
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 25 6,488 34.08
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 156 0.82
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 246 1.29
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 236 1.24
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 77 0.40
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 1,225 6.44
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 903 4.74
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 22 2,848 14.96
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 911 4.79
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 180 0.95
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 156 0.82
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 114 56,783 298.28
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 10 2,270 11.92
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 962 5.05
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 15 5,914 31.07
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 17 5,335 28.03
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 100 0.53
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 34 13,693 71.93
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 49 0.26
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 1,538 8.08
Jewish Other Judaism 1 210 1.10
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 60 0.32
Totals: 292 109,364  

The population of Gaston County, North Carolina was 190,365 in 2000; in 1990 it was 175,093. The total population changed 8.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (109,364) included 57.4% 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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