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Chesapeake city, Virginia

Religious Traditions, 2010

43,920 6,707 15,389 142 13,212 6,508 136,331
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
42 12,417 55.9
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 39 23,872 107.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 16 11,724 52.8
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 1,855 8.3
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 1,458 6.6
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 869 3.9
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 5 13,212 59.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 2,627 11.8
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 647 2.9
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 5 --- ---
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 499 2.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 977 4.4
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 4 1,278 5.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 510 2.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 896 4.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,863 8.4
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 638 2.9
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 103 0.5
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 831 3.7
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 63 0.3
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 127 0.6
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 129 0.6
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 105 0.5
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 --- ---
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 45 0.2
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 127 0.6
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 174 0.8
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 42 0.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 100 0.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 125 0.6
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 --- ---
Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 400 1.8
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 494 2.2
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 386 1.7
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 3,436 15.5
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 3,102 14.0
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 100 0.5
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 0 ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 42 0.2
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 115 0.5
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 92 0.4
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 398 1.8
Totals: 204 85,878  

The population of Chesapeake city, Virginia was 222,209 in 2010; in 2000 it was 199,184. The total population changed 11.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (85,878) 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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