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Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC Metro Area - Metro Area 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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 38 320,816 120.59
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 845 306,812 115.33
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 480 291,586 109.61
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 333 141,481 53.18
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 180 48,108 18.08
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 19 46,384 17.44
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 203 41,384 15.56
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 110 30,340 11.40
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 109 30,298 11.39
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 9 23,103 8.68
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 68 20,486 7.70
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 35 19,713 7.41
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 63 18,884 7.10
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 33 16,256 6.11
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 24 12,828 4.82
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 43 12,208 4.59
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 63 9,534 3.58
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 27 9,034 3.40
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 37 7,050 2.65
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 41 7,026 2.64
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 3 6,725 2.53
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 13 4,624 1.74
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 29 4,460 1.68
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 35 3,817 1.43
United House of Prayer Black Protestant 20 3,268 1.23
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 10 3,060 1.15
Reform Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 2 2,978 1.12
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 12 2,800 1.05
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 5 2,766 1.04
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 31 2,721 1.02
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 17 2,532 0.95
Hindu Yoga and Meditation Hinduism 7 2,466 0.93
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 16 2,250 0.85
Hindu, Traditional Temples Hinduism Hinduism Family 3 2,224 0.84
Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 3 2,076 0.78
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 1,800 0.68
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 10 1,658 0.62
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 13 1,591 0.60
Conservative Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 2 1,577 0.59
Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 7 1,570 0.59
Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 6 1,450 0.55
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 9 1,426 0.54
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 13 1,426 0.54
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Black Protestant Baptist Family 7 1,260 0.47
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 6 1,146 0.43
Eritrean Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 3 940 0.35
Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism Buddhism Family 3 921 0.35
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 3 894 0.34
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 7 735 0.28
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 4 730 0.27
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 694 0.26
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 7 663 0.25
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 571 0.21
Moravian Church in America (Unitas Fratrum), Southern Province Mainline Protestant 3 554 0.21
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 549 0.21
Ethiopian Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 4 506 0.19
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 3 489 0.18
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 1 400 0.15
Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 400 0.15
National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 2 382 0.14
Bible Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ World Wide, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 320 0.12
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 3 272 0.10
Association of Vineyard Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 252 0.09
Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 1 200 0.08
Armenian Apostolic Church (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 200 0.08
American Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 190 0.07
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 170 0.06
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3 166 0.06
United Holy Church of America Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 145 0.05
Reconstructionist Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 122 0.05
Orthodox Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 120 0.05
Friends United Meeting Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 3 116 0.04
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 110 0.04
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 96 0.04
Mennonite Church, USA Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 93 0.03
Free Methodist Church – USA Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 61 0.02
Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 38 0.01
Friends General Conference Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 38 0.01
Syrian (Syriac) Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 30 0.01
Conservative Yearly Meetings of Friends Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 22 0.01
Amish Groups, undifferentiated Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 3 12 0.00
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant Other Groups Family 1 11 0.00
General Church of the New Jerusalem Other Christians Spiritualist Family 1
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Church of God Apostolic, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Church of Jesus Christ (Bickertonite) Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
Tao Other Other Groups Family 1
Church of God and Saints of Christ Other Christians Judaism Family 1
House of God, Holy Church of the Living God, The Pillar and Ground of the Truth, House of Prayer for All People Black Protestant 1
Christian Congregation in North America Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Sovereign Grace Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
The Church of God Evangelical Protestant 3
The Local Churches Evangelical Protestant 1
International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 1
ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 13
Anglican Province of America Mainline Protestant 1
United Episcopal Church of North America Mainline Protestant 1
Orthodox Anglican Church Mainline Protestant 2
Grace Communion International Evangelical Protestant 1
United Church of God Other Christians Adventist Family 2
Every Nation Evangelical Protestant 1
Chabad Judaism Judaism 4
Remnant: Charity Ministries and related Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 7
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 8
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 62
Converge Worldwide Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 4
Association of Messianic Congregations Other Christians Other Groups Family 2
Calvary Chapel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christians Christian Science Family 1
Unity Churches, Association of Other Christians Other Groups Family 2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 22
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
Evangelical Association of Reformed and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 10
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 5
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 3
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 17
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2
Jain Other Other Groups Family 1
New Apostolic Church USA Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 22
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 6
American Sikh Council Other Other Groups Family 2
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 13
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this metro area was 2,660,329 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,489,214) included 56.0% 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 https://www.usreligioncensus.org/.

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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