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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
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 2,751 10.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 1,631 5.9
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 1,346 4.9
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 6 3,568 12.9
Central Baptist Association Ministries Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 2,682 9.7
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 3 298 1.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 36 7,988 29.0
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 768 2.8
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 1,494 5.4
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 18 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 374 1.4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,104 4.0
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 351 1.3
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 557 2.0
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 17 1,469 5.3
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 6 1,845 6.7
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 6 1,787 6.5
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 61 0.2
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
2 800 2.9
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 149 0.5
Jewish Other Judaism 2 123 0.4
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 306 1.1
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 56 5,941 21.6
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Old Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 46 0.2
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 117 0.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 42 9,415 34.2
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 12 1,306 4.7
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 36 3,644 13.2
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 397 1.4
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 34 0.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 519 1.9
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 160 68,793 249.5
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 28 0.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 147 33,756 122.4
Totals: 636 155,466  

The population of the Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 275,678 in 1990; in 1980 it was 278,316. The total population changed -0.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (155,466) included 56.4% of the total population in 1990.

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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