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Avery 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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 28 3,792 212.96
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 1 1,200 67.39
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 4 710 39.87
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 7 616 34.60
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 6 426 23.92
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 4 417 23.42
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 3 246 13.82
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 1 232 13.03
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 1 158 8.87
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 87 4.89
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 65 3.65
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 3 54 3.03
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 49 2.75
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 1 21 1.18
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 1 20 1.12
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 18 1.01
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 0 13 0.73
ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population

The population of this county was 17,806 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (8,124) included 45.6% 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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