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Charlottesville, VA, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

36,455 804 22,045 463 12,893 7,999 138,046
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 Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 294 1.3
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 54 0.2
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 530 2.4
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 2 135 0.6
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 210 1.0
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 2 114 0.5
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 4 968 4.4
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 3 0.0
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 8 12,893 59.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 40 0.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 4 192 0.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 5 2,032 9.3
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 1,461 6.7
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 340 1.6
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 2,412 11.0
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 10 891 4.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 473 2.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 3 242 1.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 21 6,561 30.0
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 3 766 3.5
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 107 0.5
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 39 0.2
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 157 0.7
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 340 1.6
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 25 0.1
Hindu, Renaissance Other Other Groups 2 312 1.4
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 91 0.4
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 253 1.2
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 4 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 306 1.4
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 80 0.4
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 3,436 15.7
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 59 0.3
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 170 0.8
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
27 5,125 23.4
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 59 0.3
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 17 4,063 18.6
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 2,084 9.5
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 162 0.7
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 261 1.2
Sikh Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 83 21,697 99.2
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 120 0.5
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 597 2.7
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 231 1.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 48 10,021 45.8
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 60 0.3
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 193 0.9
Totals: 312 80,659  

The population of the Charlottesville, VA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 218,705 in 2010; in 2000 it was 189,644. The total population changed 15.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (80,659) included 36.9% of the total population in 2010.

Charlottesville, VA, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 6 counties: Albemarle County, Virginia, Buckingham County, Virginia, Charlottesville city, Virginia, Fluvanna County, Virginia, Greene County, Virginia, Nelson County, 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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