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Polk 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 27 3,856 199.50
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 1 1,937 100.22
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 5 526 27.21
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 3 512 26.49
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 2 430 22.25
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3 421 21.78
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 3 396 20.49
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 2 376 19.45
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 1 274 14.18
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 1 242 12.52
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 1 212 10.97
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 1 192 9.93
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 158 8.17
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 105 5.43
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 1 36 1.86
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 1 28 1.45
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 18 0.93
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 0 9 0.47
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population

The population of this county was 19,328 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (9,728) included 50.3% 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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