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Guilford County (North Carolina)

Religious Traditions, 2010

113,377 16,255 74,143 17,582 540 14,164 252,345
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 73 49,600 156.39
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 82 42,774 134.87
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 16,014 50.49
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 27 15,970 50.35
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 7 7,466 23.54
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 9 5,553 17.51
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 17 5,077 16.01
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 16 5,063 15.96
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 11 4,707 14.84
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 1,885 5.94
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,707 5.38
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 1,534 4.84
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 1,328 4.19
Jewish Other Judaism 4 1,151 3.63
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 6 1,132 3.57
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 1,125 3.55
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 1,065 3.36
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 988 3.12
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 967 3.05
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 857 2.70
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 725 2.29
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 700 2.21
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 650 2.05
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 645 2.03
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 610 1.92
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 498 1.57
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 321 1.01
Holiness Church of God, Inc., The Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 297 0.94
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 200 0.63
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 171 0.54
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 49 0.15
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 42 0.13
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 0 40 0.13
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 0 0.00
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
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
0 0 0.00
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Totals: 335 170,911  

The population of Guilford County, North Carolina was 317,154 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (170,911) included 53.9% 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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