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Virginia

Denominational Groups, 2000

1,211,065 924,802 11,208 606,059 190,417 4,134,964
Evangelical Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational "adherents" include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The historically African American denominations are not included in the 2000 congregation and membership totals. Many are also missing in 1990 and most historically African American denominations are missing in the 1980 reports.
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Reports


Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant 3 18 0.0
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 7 684 0.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 98 57,233 8.1
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church Orthodox 1 207 0.0
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 1 56 0.0
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant 1 48 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 1 400 0.1
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 196 45,035 6.4
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 9 1,870 0.3
Bahá'í Other Theology 37 3,778 0.5
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 2 387 0.1
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 218 0.0
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 8 681 0.1
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant 8 966 0.1
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 8 429 0.1
Buddhism Other Theology 29 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 10 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 233 606,059 85.6
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 30 3,050 0.4
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 170 40,030 5.7
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 220 49,566 7.0
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 2 343 0.1
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 57 4,297 0.6
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 177 33,854 4.8
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 4 137 0.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 118 5,870 0.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 150 53,308 7.5
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 175 31,421 4.4
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 81 14,648 2.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 162 16,375 2.3
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 4 562 0.1
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant 3 299 0.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 130 0.0
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 2 653 0.1
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant 2 107 0.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 359 126,874 17.9
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 2 183 0.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 10 1,887 0.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 196 65,798 9.3
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 13 3,368 0.5
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 3 234 0.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 38 4,636 0.7
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 8 1,084 0.2
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 12 7,944 1.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Vasiloupulis Orthodox 1 1,400 0.2
Hindu Other Theology 10 n.a. n.a.
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox 3 60 0.0
Independent Free Will Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 46 3,212 0.5
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 17 33,210 4.7
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 38 37,925 5.4
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 21 3,565 0.5
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 4 702 0.1
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant 8 590 0.1
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 201 28,412 4.0
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 53 76,140 10.8
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 49 18,751 2.7
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 59 11,517 1.6
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 23 2,978 0.4
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant 3 308 0.0
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 27 51,021 7.2
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 84 8,543 1.2
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant 4 425 0.1
Old Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 1 35 0.0
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 5 247 0.0
Old Order Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 6 1,030 0.2
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox 2 400 0.1
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 4 441 0.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 10 777 0.1
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 10 784 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 519 135,435 19.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 71 17,933 2.5
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 100 n.a. n.a.
Primitive Baptists, Eastern District Association of Evangelical Protestant 24 1,868 0.3
Progressive Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant 1 56 0.0
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 8 n.a. n.a.
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 2 n.a. n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 25 7,231 1.0
Separate Baptists in Christ Evangelical Protestant 3 105 0.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 110 17,946 2.5
Sikh Other Theology 6 n.a. n.a.
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 1,660 774,637 109.4
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 40 n.a. n.a.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox 1 300 0.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 24 6,170 0.9
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 110 23,284 3.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 1,601 470,381 66.5
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 6 524 0.1
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 9 2,097 0.3
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 64 16,830 2.4
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 10 1,554 0.2
Zoroastrian Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 7,736 2,943,551  
Total (Adjusted)**:   3,791,366  
The population of these 135 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 6,187,358; in 2000 it was 7,078,515. The total population changed 14.4%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,943,551) include 41.6% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (3,791,366) include 53.6% of the population.

Source

*The “Unadjusted Totals” come from the 1990 and 2000 data collected by representatives of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). While quite comprehensive, this data excludes most of the historically African-American denominations and some other major groups. As a result, these numbers will be an underestimate of the total adherence rate, particularly in areas with a large African-American population. The 2000 data included 149 religious groups and the final results are published in Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Copyright © 2002, All rights reserved. The 1990 data included 132 groups and the final results are published in Churches and Church Membership in the United States 1990 Copyright © 1990, All rights reserved. Published by Glenmary Research Center, 1312 Fifth Ave., North, Nashville, TN 37208. www.glenmary.org [More information on the data collection]

**The “Adjusted Totals” include all adherents in the denominations counted by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and estimates adherent totals for the historically African-American denominations and other religious groups not listed in the ASARB totals. An article by Roger Finke and Christopher P. Scheitle (2005) reviews how these estimates were computed.

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2000 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of approximately 8 (8.1) in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County are Episcopalian.

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