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Rutherford 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 104 29,270 454.19
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 25 4,243 65.84
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 14 3,560 55.24
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 1 2,429 37.69
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 12 1,612 25.01
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 5 576 8.94
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 5 547 8.49
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1 490 7.60
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 2 472 7.32
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 2 300 4.66
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 3 228 3.54
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 206 3.20
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 3 193 2.99
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2 137 2.13
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 2 127 1.97
Amish Groups, undifferentiated Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 115 1.78
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 1 114 1.77
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 2 102 1.58
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 61 0.95
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 60 0.93
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 2 58 0.90
Nationwide Fellowship Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 57 0.88
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 0 16 0.25
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population

The population of this county was 64,444 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (44,973) included 69.8% 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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