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Orange County, North Carolina - County Membership Report (2020)

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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 3 25,740 173.10
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 27 10,810 72.70
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 21 9,170 61.67
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 25 4,575 30.77
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 4 3,203 21.54
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 8 2,462 16.56
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 8 2,060 13.85
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 4 1,960 13.18
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 7 1,866 12.55
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 2 1,783 11.99
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 3 1,226 8.25
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 2 1,075 7.23
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 2 1,024 6.89
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 1 686 4.61
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 4 670 4.51
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 1 552 3.71
Reconstructionist Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 537 3.61
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 519 3.49
Hindu Yoga and Meditation Hinduism 2 472 3.17
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 444 2.99
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 4 420 2.82
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 403 2.71
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 4 363 2.44
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 359 2.41
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 3 307 2.06
United Holy Church of America Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 5 268 1.80
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 249 1.67
Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 3 227 1.53
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 1 220 1.48
Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 190 1.28
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 99 0.67
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 79 0.53
Friends General Conference Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 2 51 0.34
Mennonite Church, USA Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 47 0.32
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 29 0.20
Independent Judaism Judaism 1 22 0.15
Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 1 20 0.13
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 1 0 0.00
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
Unity Churches, Association of Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 1
North Carolina Congregational Conference Black Protestant 1
The Church of God Evangelical Protestant 1
Anglican Catholic Church Other Christians Anglican/Episcopal Family 1
Chabad Judaism Judaism 1
American Ethical Union Other Liberal Family 1
The Local Churches Evangelical Protestant 1
United Episcopal Church of North America Mainline Protestant 1
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population

The population of this county was 148,696 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (74,187) included 49.9% of the total population in 2020. 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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