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Burlington, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

33,181 3,453 22,314 3,068 109 1,368 87,638
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 Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 14 2,414 15.97
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 122 0.81
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 615 4.07
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 281 1.86
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 2 39 0.26
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 3,068 20.30
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 0 0.00
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 104 0.69
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 917 6.07
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 214 1.42
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 220 1.46
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,329 8.79
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 598 3.96
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 275 1.82
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 795 5.26
Conservative Yearly Meetings of Friends* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 26 0.17
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 725 4.80
Evangelical Association of Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
Evangelical Friends Church International* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 115 0.76
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 3 1,068 7.07
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 --- ---
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 34 0.22
Friends United Meeting* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 544 3.60
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 95 0.63
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 1,082 7.16
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 2 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 70 0.46
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 43 0.28
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 489 3.24
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
40 11,320 74.90
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 12 3,804 25.17
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 98 0.65
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 214 1.42
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 14 0.09
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 281 1.86
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 324 2.14
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 46 15,808 104.60
Unaffiliated Friends Meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 17 4,195 27.76
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 26 11,901 78.75
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 252 1.67
Totals: 239 63,493  

The population of the Burlington, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 151,131 in 2010; in 2000 it was 130,800. The total population changed 15.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (63,493) included 42.0% 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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