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Asheville, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

161,244 2,688 45,019 14,878 509 6,441 194,079
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 266 110,559 358.96
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 107 26,973 87.57
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 28 7,817 25.38
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 2,312 7.51
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 19 2,082 6.76
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 19 5,969 19.38
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 13 3,572 11.60
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 12 407 1.32
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 3,367 10.93
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 11 7,152 23.22
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 10 3,797 12.33
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 884 2.87
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 423 1.37
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 874 2.84
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 1,072 3.48
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 1,004 3.26
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 5 670 2.18
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 558 1.81
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 4 --- ---
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 170 0.55
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,044 3.39
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 4 1,986 6.45
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 456 1.48
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 354 1.15
Jewish Other Judaism 3 13,185 42.81
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 856 2.78
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 628 2.04
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 190 0.62
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 112 0.36
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 30 0.10
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 633 2.06
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 661 2.15
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 405 1.31
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 21 0.07
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 35 0.11
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 27 0.09
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 22 0.07
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 140 0.45
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 300 0.97
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 82 0.27
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 77 0.25
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 21 0.07
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 84 0.27
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 6,025 19.56
Totals: 614 207,036  

The population of the Asheville, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 308,001 in 1990; in 1980 it was 282,836. The total population changed 8.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (207,036) included 67.2% 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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