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North Carolina - State 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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 4,374 1,324,747 126.90
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 2,354 1,053,564 100.92
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 198 928,735 88.96
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 1,800 595,636 57.06
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 70 130,661 12.52
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 616 129,110 12.37
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 429 119,228 11.42
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 597 112,251 10.75
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 434 105,874 10.14
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 175 89,083 8.53
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 237 74,210 7.11
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 452 68,675 6.58
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 281 51,450 4.93
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 188 50,782 4.86
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 87 45,323 4.34
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 32 43,813 4.20
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 169 35,837 3.43
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 159 33,858 3.24
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 192 32,225 3.09
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 149 30,645 2.94
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 83 30,302 2.90
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 139 24,507 2.35
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 198 23,998 2.30
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 220 23,441 2.25
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 109 21,734 2.08
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 66 19,260 1.84
Moravian Church in America (Unitas Fratrum), Southern Province Mainline Protestant 44 13,130 1.26
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 13 12,734 1.22
Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 31 12,730 1.22
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 48 11,696 1.12
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 159 11,066 1.06
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 291 10,427 1.00
United Holy Church of America Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 176 10,221 0.98
Reform Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 12 9,947 0.95
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 52 8,991 0.86
Hindu, Traditional Temples Hinduism Hinduism Family 8 8,555 0.82
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 43 8,114 0.78
Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 11 7,837 0.75
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 64 7,538 0.72
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 26 6,924 0.66
Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism Buddhism Family 14 6,389 0.61
Hindu Yoga and Meditation Hinduism 38 6,337 0.61
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 24 6,321 0.61
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 40 5,820 0.56
Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 35 5,448 0.52
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 59 5,419 0.52
Conservative Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 7 5,364 0.51
United House of Prayer Black Protestant 31 5,088 0.49
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 15 4,326 0.41
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 14 4,245 0.41
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Black Protestant Baptist Family 27 4,140 0.40
Friends United Meeting Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 40 4,095 0.39
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 38 3,578 0.34
General Association of General Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 5 3,430 0.33
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 23 3,106 0.30
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 5 2,372 0.23
National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 5 2,344 0.22
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 6 2,214 0.21
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 8 2,087 0.20
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 8 1,712 0.16
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 6 1,602 0.15
Association of Vineyard Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 9 1,592 0.15
Ethiopian Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 7 1,501 0.14
Eritrean Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 5 1,380 0.13
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 13 1,318 0.13
Evangelical Covenant Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 6 1,149 0.11
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 9 873 0.08
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 4 853 0.08
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3 820 0.08
Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 6 660 0.06
Reconstructionist Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 2 659 0.06
Conservative Yearly Meetings of Friends Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 9 657 0.06
Mennonite Church, USA Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 9 586 0.06
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 3 575 0.06
Orthodox Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 3 545 0.05
Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 530 0.05
Nationwide Fellowship Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 6 523 0.05
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 519 0.05
Evangelical Friends Church International Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 5 405 0.04
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 2 402 0.04
Friends General Conference Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 8 388 0.04
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 7 347 0.03
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 6 333 0.03
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant Other Groups Family 6 289 0.03
Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 266 0.03
Amish Groups, undifferentiated Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 5 262 0.03
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 240 0.02
Armenian Apostolic Church (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 200 0.02
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 5 195 0.02
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 185 0.02
Free Methodist Church – USA Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 3 139 0.01
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 136 0.01
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 3 118 0.01
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 81 0.01
Bible Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ World Wide, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 80 0.01
Independent Yearly Meetings of Friends Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 2 76 0.01
Reformed Zion Union Apostolic Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 1 76 0.01
Church of God General Conference (Abrahamic Faith, McDonough, GA) Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 2 76 0.01
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2 69 0.01
Independent Judaism Judaism 2 52 0.00
Malankara Mar Thoma Church Other Christians Other Groups Family 1 40 0.00
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (Covenanters) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 40 0.00
Southeastern Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 33 0.00
Biblical Mennonite Alliance Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 33 0.00
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 33 0.00
Syrian (Syriac) Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 30 0.00
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 30 0.00
Solid Rock Association of Old Time Baptists. Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 24 0.00
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference of the United States and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 18 0.00
Bruderhof Evangelical Protestant Communal Family 1 5 0.00
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Church of God Apostolic, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 6
Church of Jesus Christ (Bickertonite) Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1
Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
General Church of the New Jerusalem Other Christians Spiritualist Family 1
Lumber River Conference of the Holiness Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 10
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
Catholic Apostolic Church in North America Mainline Protestant 1
Vanguard Presbytery Evangelical Protestant 2
ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 23
Anglican Province of Christ the King Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 1
Anglican Province of America Mainline Protestant 9
United Episcopal Church of North America Mainline Protestant 3
American Anglican Church Mainline Protestant 1
Diocese of the Holy Cross Mainline Protestant 1
Orthodox Anglican Church Mainline Protestant 6
Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
Grace Communion International Evangelical Protestant 3
Open Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 3
Tao Other Other Groups Family 2
Vedanta Society Other Other Groups Family 1
American Ethical Union Other Liberal Family 2
Church of God and Saints of Christ Other Christians Judaism Family 1
Church of the Living God, the Pillar and Ground of the Truth, Inc. [Lewis Dominion] Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Christ's Sanctified Holy Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 5
House of God, Holy Church of the Living God, The Pillar and Ground of the Truth, House of Prayer for All People Black Protestant 1
Anglican Catholic Church Other Christians Anglican/Episcopal Family 4
Christian Congregation in North America Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
North Carolina Congregational Conference Black Protestant 10
Reformed Baptist Network Evangelical Protestant 3
Sovereign Grace Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2
The Church of God Evangelical Protestant 23
The Local Churches Evangelical Protestant 4
Bible Methodist Connection of Churches Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1
International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 4
Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America Evangelical Protestant 1
Old Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant 1
United Church of God Other Christians Adventist Family 5
Every Nation Evangelical Protestant 6
Twelve Tribes Evangelical Protestant 2
Chabad Judaism Judaism 13
Remnant: Charity Ministries and related Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 22
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 34
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, Oregon Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 66
Converge Worldwide Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 6
Association of Messianic Congregations Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Calvary Chapel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 3
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christians Christian Science Family 3
Unity Churches, Association of Other Christians Other Groups Family 13
General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 3
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 107
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Churches of Christ in Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 3
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 3
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 10
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
Evangelical Association of Reformed and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 27
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 9
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 18
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 63
Free Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4
Jain Other Other Groups Family 2
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 2
New Apostolic Church USA Other Christians Other Groups Family 2
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 42
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 12
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 3
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 28
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 40
Presbyterian Reformed Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Reformed Presbyterian Church Hanover Presbytery Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2
American Sikh Council Other Other Groups Family 4
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 75
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this state was 10,439,388 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (5,443,737) included 52.1% 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 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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