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Durham-Chapel Hill, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

97,813 15,790 59,228 25,609 375 14,694 290,848
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 120 58,943 171.04
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 91 29,413 85.35
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 28,265 82.02
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 24 12,845 37.27
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 8 9,725 28.22
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 23 6,884 19.98
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 11 5,156 14.96
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 7 5,120 14.86
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 16 3,317 9.62
Jewish Other Judaism 4 2,127 6.17
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 5 1,954 5.67
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 1,476 4.28
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 1,292 3.75
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 1,014 2.94
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 962 2.79
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 962 2.79
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 5 862 2.50
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 743 2.16
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 691 2.01
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 676 1.96
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 524 1.52
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 517 1.50
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 517 1.50
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 500 1.45
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 488 1.42
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 349 1.01
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 346 1.00
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 287 0.83
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 169 0.49
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 130 0.38
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 125 0.36
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 120 0.35
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 119 0.35
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 111 0.32
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 68 0.20
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 64 0.19
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 61 0.18
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 58 0.17
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 4 0.01
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 0 0.00
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Totals: 417 176,984  

The population of the Durham-Chapel Hill, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 344,625 in 1990; in 1980 it was 292,419. The total population changed 17.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (176,984) included 51.4% 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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