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North Carolina - State 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 3,460 1,341,047 228.00
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 2,016 592,967 100.81
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 591 311,006 52.88
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 770 205,608 34.96
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 155 94,768 16.11
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 223 87,790 14.93
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 256 73,232 12.45
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 322 57,596 9.79
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 251 54,489 9.26
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 414 38,213 6.50
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 282 30,477 5.18
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 152 26,573 4.52
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 80 21,600 3.67
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 46 21,280 3.62
Moravian Church in America (Unitas Fratrum), Southern Province Mainline Protestant 45 20,020 3.40
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 150 19,917 3.39
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 54 17,451 2.97
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 92 17,230 2.93
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 85 15,104 2.57
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 118 14,322 2.43
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 160 14,212 2.42
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 20 13,787 2.34
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 37 12,514 2.13
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 37 10,063 1.71
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 57 9,147 1.56
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 47 9,015 1.53
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 59 8,826 1.50
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 44 5,744 0.98
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 41 5,135 0.87
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 33 4,826 0.82
Jewish Congregations Judaism Judaism Family 25 4,658 0.79
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 31 4,559 0.78
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 27 2,326 0.40
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 19 2,139 0.36
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 14 1,874 0.32
Holiness Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 14 1,025 0.17
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 14 585 0.10
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 5 401 0.07
Free Methodist Church – USA Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 3 348 0.06
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 7 287 0.05
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 7 285 0.05
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2 261 0.04
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant Other Groups Family 3 260 0.04
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 211 0.04
Church of God General Conference (Abrahamic Faith, McDonough, GA) Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 2 173 0.03
Bible Church of Christ, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 141 0.02
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 74 0.01
American Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 3 71 0.01
General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 2 55 0.01
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 46 0.01
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 38 0.01
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 2 34 0.01
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christians Christian Science Family 0 0 0.00
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 0 0 0.00
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 0 0 0.00
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 0 0 0.00
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 0 0 0.00
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 0 0 0.00
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 0 0 0.00
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 0 0 0.00
Old Order Amish Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 0 0 0.00
Old Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 0 0 0.00
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 0 0 0.00
Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 0 0 0.00
Black Baptists Estimate Black Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 0 0 0.00
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 0 0 0.00
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this state was 5,881,766 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,173,810) included 54.0% 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 https://www.usreligioncensus.org/.

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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