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Roanoke County, Virginia

Religious Traditions, 2010

22,471 109 7,773   3,536 1,748 56,739
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
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
11 3,405 36.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 215 2.3
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 0 ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 24 11,880 128.6
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 3,536 38.3
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 --- ---
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 --- ---
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 7 1,017 11.0
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 268 2.9
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 145 1.6
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 221 2.4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,561 16.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 573 6.2
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 276 3.0
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 1,312 14.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 74 0.8
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 109 1.2
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 6,512 70.5
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 35 0.4
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 150 1.6
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 2 0.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 857 9.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 1,656 17.9
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 167 1.8
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 109 1.2
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 28 0.3
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 618 6.7
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 200 2.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 1 70 0.8
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 3 441 4.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 3 200 2.2
Totals: 102 35,637  

The population of Roanoke County, Virginia was 92,376 in 2010; in 2000 it was 85,778. The total population changed 7.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (35,637) included 38.6% of the total population in 2010.

* 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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