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Burke 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 91 31,261 356.98
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 22 5,014 57.26
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 1 4,527 51.70
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 21 3,740 42.71
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 9 1,638 18.71
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 5 1,039 11.86
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4 1,005 11.48
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4 1,002 11.44
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 4 930 10.62
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 4 926 10.57
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 4 702 8.02
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1 535 6.11
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 3 479 5.47
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 3 413 4.72
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 3 388 4.43
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 1 250 2.85
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 3 202 2.31
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 1 200 2.28
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2 187 2.14
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 4 181 2.07
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 2 137 1.56
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 1 125 1.43
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 112 1.28
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 0 85 0.97
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 2 82 0.94
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 1 66 0.75
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 1 40 0.46
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 3

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population

The population of this county was 87,570 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (55,266) included 63.1% 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

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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