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New Hanover County (North Carolina)

Religious Traditions, 2010

45,162 6,408 25,476 14,671 375 3,777 106,798
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 31 25,133 208.95
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 10,068 83.70
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 8,707 72.39
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 13 8,046 66.89
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 14 5,919 49.21
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 6 4,901 40.75
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 7 3,495 29.06
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 4 2,140 17.79
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 1,555 12.93
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 1,053 8.75
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 873 7.26
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 623 5.18
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 6 587 4.88
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 587 4.88
Jewish Other Judaism 2 500 4.16
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 372 3.09
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 349 2.90
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 334 2.78
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 324 2.69
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 200 1.66
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 175 1.45
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 151 1.26
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 144 1.20
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 134 1.11
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 121 1.01
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 114 0.95
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 88 0.73
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 86 0.71
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 82 0.68
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 34 0.28
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 25 0.21
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 4 0.03
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Totals: 133 76,924  

The population of New Hanover County, North Carolina was 120,284 in 1990; in 1980 it was 103,471. The total population changed 16.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (76,924) included 64.0% 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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