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McDowell County, West Virginia

Religious Traditions, 2010

2,604 531 914   313 471 17,280
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 3 354 16.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 143 6.5
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 287 13.0
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 5 0.2
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 4 313 14.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 5 35 1.6
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 38 1.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 713 32.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 466 21.1
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 69 3.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 5 163 7.4
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 457 20.7
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 51 2.3
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 177 8.0
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
4 456 20.6
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 109 4.9
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 83 3.8
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 41 1.9
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 185 8.4
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 21 688 31.1
Totals: 97 4,833  

The population of McDowell County, West Virginia was 22,113 in 2010; in 2000 it was 27,329. The total population changed -19.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (4,833) included 21.9% 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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