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