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Raleigh-Cary, NC Metro Area - Metro Area 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 25 174,695 123.55
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 186 117,432 83.05
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 307 107,605 76.10
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 78 68,508 48.45
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 12 45,182 31.95
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 30 17,327 12.25
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 31 15,894 11.24
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 59 15,738 11.13
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 28 13,720 9.70
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 24 11,301 7.99
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 9 9,552 6.76
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 16 9,460 6.69
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 7 7,060 4.99
Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 3 5,483 3.88
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 7 5,134 3.63
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 7 4,419 3.13
Hindu, Traditional Temples Hinduism Hinduism Family 3 4,350 3.08
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 36 4,110 2.91
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 19 4,024 2.85
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 30 3,934 2.78
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 17 3,282 2.32
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 5 3,001 2.12
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 18 2,768 1.96
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 12 2,518 1.78
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 10 2,421 1.71
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 9 2,304 1.63
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 2,000 1.41
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 36 1,983 1.40
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 14 1,914 1.35
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 11 1,902 1.35
Reform Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 2 1,833 1.30
Hindu Yoga and Meditation Hinduism 11 1,790 1.27
General Association of General Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 1,600 1.13
Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 1,400 0.99
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 5 1,300 0.92
Conservative Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 1,237 0.87
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 5 1,084 0.77
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 1,025 0.72
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 11 785 0.56
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 2 770 0.54
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 4 761 0.54
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 4 760 0.54
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 2 659 0.47
Association of Vineyard Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4 644 0.46
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 2 575 0.41
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 520 0.37
United House of Prayer Black Protestant 2 480 0.34
United Holy Church of America Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 9 451 0.32
Moravian Church in America (Unitas Fratrum), Southern Province Mainline Protestant 1 445 0.31
Eritrean Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 440 0.31
Orthodox Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 400 0.28
Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 360 0.25
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Black Protestant Baptist Family 2 360 0.25
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 3 350 0.25
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 1 310 0.22
Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism Buddhism Family 1 278 0.20
Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 1 260 0.18
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 1 234 0.17
Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 228 0.16
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 220 0.16
Evangelical Covenant Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 2 161 0.11
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 132 0.09
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant Other Groups Family 1 81 0.06
Mennonite Church, USA Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 70 0.05
Nationwide Fellowship Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 62 0.04
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 60 0.04
Friends General Conference Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 42 0.03
Malankara Mar Thoma Church Other Christians Other Groups Family 1 40 0.03
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 33 0.02
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference of the United States and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 18 0.01
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 0 0.00
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 1
Christ's Sanctified Holy Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1
Christian Congregation in North America Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
The Church of God Evangelical Protestant 2
The Local Churches Evangelical Protestant 1
Anglican Province of Christ the King Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 1
United Episcopal Church of North America Mainline Protestant 1
American Anglican Church Mainline Protestant 1
Grace Communion International Evangelical Protestant 1
United Church of God Other Christians Adventist Family 1
Every Nation Evangelical Protestant 2
Chabad Judaism Judaism 3
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 3
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 6
Converge Worldwide Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christians Christian Science Family 2
Unity Churches, Association of Other Christians Other Groups Family 2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 19
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
Evangelical Association of Reformed and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 4
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3
Jain Other Other Groups Family 1
New Apostolic Church USA Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 7
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 6
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this metro area was 1,413,982 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (691,279) included 48.9% 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 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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