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Franklin County, Virginia

Religious Traditions, 2010

16,656 119 6,544   559 331 31,950
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational adherents include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The 2010 reports contain incomplete counts of congregations and adherents belonging to the eight largest historically African-American denominations. These denominations are not included in the 2000 reports and are largely missing from the 1990 and 1980 reports.
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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 215 4.5
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 485 10.3
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 7 0.1
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 12 0.3
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 373 7.9
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 4 1,025 21.7
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 2 223 4.7
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 51 1.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 232 4.9
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 49 1.0
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 190 4.0
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 14 2,302 48.7
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 40 0.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 54 1.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 231 4.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 257 5.4
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
--- --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 281 5.9
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 106 2.2
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 22 8,389 177.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 24 4,219 89.2
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 35 0.7
Totals: 91 18,776  

The population of Franklin County, Virginia was 47,286 in 2000; in 1990 it was 39,549. The total population changed 19.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (18,776) included 39.7% of the total population in 2000.

* In an effort to better match the ASARB standards for adherents, a few religious bodies changed the way their adherents were reported in 2010, including the Catholic Church, Amish groups, Friends groups, Jewish groups, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Non-denominational Christian Churches, and the United Methodist Church. This change does not affect any of the data in the newly released 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. In fact, the data for these groups are now more comparable to that of other bodies than it was in previous decadal reports.

However, the change in methodology can distort assessments on growth or decline between 2000 and 2010 for each of these groups. County-level 2000 data using the new methodology are not readily available. ASARB staff has adjusted some 2000 county-level adherent statistics to allow for a more accurate picture on growth or decline. The revised maps and charts are now available on-line at for those who are interested in these trends.


2010 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 236 religious groups, providing information on the number of their congregations and adherents within each state and county in the United States. Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E. Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study, published by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). [More information on the data collection]

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2010 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of 7.6 in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that about 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County were Episcopalian.

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