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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
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 2,637 9.5
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 1,749 6.3
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 5 3,100 11.1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 1 514 1.8
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 33 7,008 25.2
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 1,521 5.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 1,221 4.4
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 0 ---
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 368 1.3
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 481 1.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 13 1,593 5.7
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 45 0.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 6 1,994 7.2
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 8 1,799 6.5
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 195 0.7
Jewish Other Judaism 1 133 0.5
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 242 0.9
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 46 10,451 37.6
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 12 1,243 4.5
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 328 1.2
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 18 0.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 341 1.2
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 165 66,659 239.5
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 84 0.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 153 35,899 129.0
Totals: 511 139,623  

The population of the Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 278,316 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (139,623) included 50.2% of the total population in 1980.

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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