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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 76 52,832 152.07
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 80 42,083 121.13
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 23,833 68.60
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 29 16,851 48.50
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 16,014 46.09
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 7 10,339 29.76
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 9 4,874 14.03
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 18 4,451 12.81
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 17 4,445 12.79
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 10 4,417 12.71
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 14 3,816 10.98
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 6 2,249 6.47
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 1,868 5.38
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 1,627 4.68
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 1,353 3.89
Jewish Other Judaism 6 1,162 3.34
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 1,108 3.19
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 6 1,089 3.13
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 1,041 3.00
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 935 2.69
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 929 2.67
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 893 2.57
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 829 2.39
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 800 2.30
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
2 800 2.30
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 675 1.94
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 660 1.90
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 654 1.88
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 628 1.81
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 389 1.12
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 329 0.95
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 286 0.82
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 274 0.79
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 247 0.71
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 178 0.51
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 172 0.50
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 159 0.46
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 119 0.34
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 64 0.18
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 18 0.05
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Totals: 384 205,490  

The population of Guilford County, North Carolina was 347,420 in 1990; in 1980 it was 317,154. The total population changed 9.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (205,490) included 59.1% of the total population in 1990.

* 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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