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McDowell 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 38 9,385 210.53
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 11 2,830 63.48
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 17 2,086 46.79
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 1 1,947 43.68
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 12 819 18.37
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 6 510 11.44
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 2 406 9.11
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1 357 8.01
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 3 252 5.65
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 5 222 4.98
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 219 4.91
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 1 202 4.53
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 150 3.36
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 3 131 2.94
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 1 120 2.69
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 1 100 2.24
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 96 2.15
Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 90 2.02
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 1 76 1.70
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 76 1.70
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 1 74 1.66
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 0 31 0.70
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 15 0.34
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population

The population of this county was 44,578 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (20,194) included 45.3% 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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