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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
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 224 2.51
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 669 7.50
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 15 0.17
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 5,059 56.73
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 256 2.87
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 591 6.63
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 27 0.30
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 541 6.07
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 543 6.09
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 307 3.44
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 6 2,219 24.88
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 1,226 13.75
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 565 6.34
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 301 3.38
Jewish Other Judaism 1 250 2.80
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 236 2.65
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 24 0.27
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 41 0.46
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 20 0.22
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 2,055 23.05
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 947 10.62
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 167 1.87
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 2,139 23.99
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 53 24,567 275.50
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 253 2.84
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 451 5.06
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 13 5,652 63.38
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 343 3.85
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 92 1.03
Totals: 122 49,780  

The population of Henderson County, North Carolina was 89,173 in 2000; in 1990 it was 69,285. The total population changed 28.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (49,780) included 55.8% 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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