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Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

121,372 1,629 38,575 180 4,522 2,808 140,458
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 180 75,444 243.7
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 140 29,150 94.2
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
73 22,902 74.0
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 35 6,657 21.5
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 39 6,099 19.7
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 6 4,522 14.6
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 41 3,736 12.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 2,434 7.9
Primitive Baptists, Eastern District Association of Evangelical Protestant Baptist 23 2,425 7.8
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 2,190 7.1
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 1,747 5.6
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 7 1,502 4.9
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 15 1,390 4.5
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 1,270 4.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 7 1,197 3.9
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 1,016 3.3
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 751 2.4
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 644 2.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 573 1.9
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 513 1.7
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 414 1.3
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 374 1.2
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 257 0.8
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 233 0.8
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 2 212 0.7
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 178 0.6
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 178 0.6
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 167 0.5
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 162 0.5
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 140 0.5
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 140 0.5
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 110 0.4
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 100 0.3
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 79 0.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 53 0.2
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 44 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 40 0.1
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 40 0.1
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 2 0.0
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 1 0.0
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 6 --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 --- ---
Totals: 703 169,086  

The population of the Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 309,544 in 2010; in 2000 it was 298,484. The total population changed 3.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (169,086) included 54.6% of the total population in 2010.

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 5 counties: Bristol city, Virginia, Hawkins County, Tennessee, Scott County, Virginia, Sullivan County, Tennessee, Washington 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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