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North Carolina - State Membership Report (2000)

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 3,717 1,512,058 187.85
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 1,964 638,785 79.36
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 180 315,606 39.21
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 738 203,647 25.30
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 237 88,830 11.04
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 465 81,037 10.07
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 253 80,068 9.95
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 328 50,265 6.24
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 234 50,088 6.22
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 234 46,020 5.72
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 37 42,559 5.29
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 218 41,036 5.10
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 112 40,936 5.09
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 40 38,740 4.81
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 136 36,098 4.48
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 161 34,035 4.23
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 174 32,475 4.03
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 202 26,045 3.24
Jewish Congregations Judaism Judaism Family 34 25,545 3.17
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 118 23,769 2.95
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 189 21,522 2.67
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 56 20,651 2.57
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 29 20,137 2.50
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 93 19,630 2.44
Moravian Church in America (Unitas Fratrum), Southern Province Mainline Protestant 50 18,180 2.26
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 20 17,930 2.23
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 110 14,165 1.76
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 59 11,101 1.38
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 72 10,731 1.33
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 54 9,294 1.15
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 152 7,863 0.98
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 36 7,719 0.96
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 21 7,417 0.92
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 49 7,287 0.91
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 11 7,161 0.89
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 20 6,072 0.75
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 22 5,181 0.64
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 24 5,162 0.64
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 52 4,042 0.50
Independent Free Will Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 40 2,978 0.37
Association of Vineyard Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 12 2,837 0.35
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 3 2,363 0.29
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 16 1,805 0.22
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 5 1,480 0.18
Evangelical Covenant Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 7 1,207 0.15
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant Other Groups Family 12 1,026 0.13
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 9 821 0.10
Mennonite Church, USA Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 11 781 0.10
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2 703 0.09
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2 691 0.09
Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 500 0.06
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 428 0.05
Armenian Apostolic Church (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 420 0.05
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 7 408 0.05
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 4 384 0.05
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 5 383 0.05
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3 314 0.04
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 5 291 0.04
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 5 282 0.04
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 6 252 0.03
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 249 0.03
Separate Baptists in Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 4 234 0.03
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 207 0.03
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 169 0.02
Armenian Apostolic Church (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 160 0.02
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 156 0.02
Church of God General Conference (Abrahamic Faith, McDonough, GA) Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 2 133 0.02
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 2 130 0.02
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 122 0.02
American Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 120 0.01
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 120 0.01
Converge Worldwide Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 110 0.01
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 2 103 0.01
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 88 0.01
Free Methodist Church – USA Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 66 0.01
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 8 0.00
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 0 0.00
Buddhists Buddhism Buddhism Family 46
Calvary Chapel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 10
Hindus Hinduism Hinduism Family 10
Jain Other Other Groups Family 3
Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 94
Reformed Baptist Church Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 7
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2
American Sikh Council Other Other Groups Family 2
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 73
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this state was 8,049,313 in 2000. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,651,416) included 45.4% of the total population in 2000. 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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