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Watauga 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 40 9,874 182.56
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 9 2,862 52.92
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 2 1,956 36.16
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 7 1,670 30.88
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 1,108 20.49
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 3 1,077 19.91
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 3 974 18.01
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3 787 14.55
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 1 700 12.94
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1 490 9.06
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 2 354 6.55
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 2 210 3.88
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 1 148 2.74
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2 139 2.57
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 1 131 2.42
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 1 114 2.11
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 83 1.53
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 1 79 1.46
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 79 1.46
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 1 76 1.41
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 1 57 1.05
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 55 1.02
Hindu Yoga and Meditation Hinduism 1 55 1.02
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 52 0.96
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 26 0.48
Friends United Meeting Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 21 0.39
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 14 0.26
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 4 0.07
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 1

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population

The population of this county was 54,086 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (23,195) included 42.9% 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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