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North Carolina - State Membership Report (1990)

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 3,527 1,446,228 218.18
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 1,983 605,362 91.33
Black Baptists Estimate Black Protestant Baptist Family 0 462,785 69.82
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 651 312,693 47.17
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 743 205,548 31.01
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 175 149,483 22.55
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 231 87,815 13.25
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 252 73,664 11.11
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 417 54,828 8.27
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 243 53,322 8.04
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 293 50,460 7.61
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 303 39,125 5.90
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 230 36,346 5.48
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 199 33,101 4.99
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 112 33,079 4.99
Jewish Congregations Judaism Judaism Family 37 28,870 4.36
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 34 27,890 4.21
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 37 27,361 4.13
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 161 27,158 4.10
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 157 22,866 3.45
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 179 20,158 3.04
Moravian Church in America (Unitas Fratrum), Southern Province Mainline Protestant 48 19,864 3.00
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 99 19,522 2.95
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 61 19,275 2.91
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 106 15,723 2.37
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 72 11,922 1.80
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 39 9,934 1.50
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 69 8,902 1.34
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 190 8,373 1.26
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 12 7,225 1.09
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 44 6,424 0.97
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 48 6,347 0.96
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 57 6,064 0.91
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 32 4,877 0.74
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 29 4,048 0.61
Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 34 3,961 0.60
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 35 3,924 0.59
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 18 3,824 0.58
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 19 3,717 0.56
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 56 3,556 0.54
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 151 3,508 0.53
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 25 2,118 0.32
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 16 1,830 0.28
Mennonite Church, USA Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 13 751 0.11
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3 626 0.09
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 4 520 0.08
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 5 480 0.07
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 8 401 0.06
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 5 327 0.05
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 279 0.04
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 6 236 0.04
Bible Church of Christ, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 225 0.03
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 211 0.03
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 3 152 0.02
Old Order Amish Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 150 0.02
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 133 0.02
Church of God General Conference (Abrahamic Faith, McDonough, GA) Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 2 128 0.02
General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 3 88 0.01
Free Methodist Church – USA Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 45 0.01
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 35 0.01
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 31 0.00
Old Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2 25 0.00
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christians Christian Science Family 28
Conservative Baptist Association of America (CBAmerica) Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 10
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 2
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this state was 6,628,637 in 1990. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,977,923) included 60.0% of the total population in 1990. 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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