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Cleveland 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 106 37,427 376.08
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 31 5,140 51.65
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 25 4,370 43.91
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 2 2,901 29.15
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 4 2,002 20.12
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 4 1,600 16.08
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 7 1,220 12.26
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 6 734 7.38
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 3 682 6.85
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 580 5.83
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1 490 4.92
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 3 447 4.49
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 6 445 4.47
Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism Buddhism Family 1 303 3.04
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 3 275 2.76
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 2 270 2.71
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 1 234 2.35
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 231 2.32
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 0 202 2.03
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 1 194 1.95
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 2 153 1.54
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2 140 1.41
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 1 85 0.85
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 51 0.51
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 25 0.25
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population

The population of this county was 99,519 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (60,201) included 60.5% 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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