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Sampson County, North Carolina - County Membership Report (1980)

Exact definitions of "congregations" and "adherents" vary by religious body. Congregations may be parishes, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, or another site where a religious body has regularly scheduled worship services. Adherents generally are members, children who are not members, and others who are not members but are considered participants in the congregation.

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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 44 13,998 281.72
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 26 5,059 101.82
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 11 4,872 98.05
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 18 3,859 77.67
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 19 1,984 39.93
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 7 951 19.14
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 5 875 17.61
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 1 556 11.19
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 2 499 10.04
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 6 333 6.70
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1 143 2.88
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 27 0.54
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 1 17 0.34
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 1 16 0.32
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 0 0 0.00
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00
Black Baptists Estimate Black Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population

The population of this county 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. The adherence rate is the number of adherents of a given group per 1,000 people in the general population.

Note that data collection methods for religious bodies change over time, affecting the comparability of statistics. For further information, see the U.S. Religion Census website at

The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 372 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 155.

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