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Charleston, WV, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

34,740 4,218 30,766 1,136 7,529 2,332 146,357
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 3 288 1.3
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 47 12,714 56.0
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,021 4.5
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 1,585 7.0
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 160 0.7
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 14 7,529 33.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 39 0.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 2 397 1.7
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 4 1,017 4.5
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 19 991 4.4
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 18 1,297 5.7
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 178 0.8
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 156 0.7
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 1,349 5.9
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 42 5,660 24.9
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 41 2,825 12.4
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 115 0.5
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 5 1,385 6.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 636 2.8
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 174 0.8
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 4 0.0
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 115 0.5
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 16 0.1
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 260 1.1
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 4 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 144 0.6
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 27 0.1
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 308 1.4
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 17 873 3.8
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 7 2,770 12.2
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 5 982 4.3
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
48 14,800 65.2
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 109 0.5
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 24 4,152 18.3
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 311 1.4
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 335 1.5
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 312 1.4
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 329 1.4
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 3,471 15.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 159 0.7
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 67 11,451 50.4
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 272 1.2
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 5 0.0
Totals: 467 80,721  

The population of the Charleston, WV, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 227,078 in 2010; in 2000 it was 235,938. The total population changed -3.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (80,721) included 35.5% of the total population in 2010.

Charleston, WV, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 3 counties: Boone County, West Virginia, Clay County, West Virginia, Kanawha County, West Virginia.

* 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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