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Sampson County (North Carolina)

Religious Traditions, 2010

23,212 2,897 5,680 3,485 366 27,791
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic 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
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 4,872 98.05
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 556 11.19
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 27 0.54
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 499 10.04
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 18 3,859 77.67
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 333 6.70
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 143 2.88
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 17 0.34
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 951 19.14
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 19 1,984 39.93
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 875 17.61
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 16 0.32
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 44 13,998 281.72
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 26 5,059 101.82
Totals: 143 33,189  

The population of Sampson County, North Carolina was 49,687 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (33,189) included 66.8% 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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