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Wayne County (North Carolina)

Religious Traditions, 2010

29,543 2,384 12,482 2,800 2,438 72,976
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
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
46 12,082 98.53
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 30 8,363 68.20
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 26 8,001 65.25
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 21 1,327 10.82
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 18 2,745 22.39
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 18 --- ---
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 16 2,380 19.41
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 9 1,453 11.85
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 1,182 9.64
Friends United Meeting* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 6 549 4.48
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,569 12.80
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 6 618 5.04
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 161 1.31
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 2,270 18.51
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 566 4.62
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 351 2.86
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 526 4.29
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 3 559 4.56
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 2,800 22.83
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 325 2.65
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 2 --- ---
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 157 1.28
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 186 1.52
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 106 0.86
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 186 1.52
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 357 2.91
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 87 0.71
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 50 0.41
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 40 0.33
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 295 2.41
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 153 1.25
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 125 1.02
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 78 0.64
Totals: 267 49,647  

The population of Wayne County, North Carolina was 122,623 in 2010; in 2000 it was 113,329. The total population changed 8.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (49,647) included 40.5% 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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