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Rowan 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 62 15,624 106.38
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 47 14,060 95.73
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 1 10,593 72.12
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 31 7,970 54.26
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 19 4,680 31.86
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 16 2,323 15.82
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 12 2,278 15.51
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 6 1,820 12.39
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 4 1,684 11.47
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 8 1,177 8.01
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 3 1,160 7.90
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 4 1,067 7.26
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 4 765 5.21
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 5 719 4.90
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 7 514 3.50
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1 446 3.04
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4 402 2.74
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4 360 2.45
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2 350 2.38
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 2 340 2.31
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 3 220 1.50
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2 188 1.28
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 180 1.23
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 2 174 1.18
United House of Prayer Black Protestant 1 172 1.17
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 124 0.84
United Holy Church of America Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 122 0.83
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 73 0.50
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 70 0.48
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 60 0.41
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 30 0.20
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 0 28 0.19
Evangelical Association of Reformed and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 7
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 8
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 1
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Every Nation Evangelical Protestant 1
Church of God Apostolic, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
United Episcopal Church of North America Mainline Protestant 1

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population

The population of this county was 146,875 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (69,773) included 47.5% 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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