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Lynchburg, VA, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

99,917 1,162 33,669 100 6,452 5,601 105,733
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 119 65,034 257.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 94 21,550 85.3
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
64 21,175 83.8
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 6 6,452 25.5
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 17 4,561 18.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 29 4,536 18.0
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 2 3,586 14.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 14 2,918 11.6
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 9 2,570 10.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,582 6.3
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 5 1,470 5.8
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 1,413 5.6
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 4 930 3.7
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 915 3.6
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 874 3.5
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 825 3.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 690 2.7
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 663 2.6
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 659 2.6
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 655 2.6
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 511 2.0
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 504 2.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 484 1.9
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 365 1.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 4 222 0.9
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 219 0.9
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 195 0.8
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 190 0.8
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 187 0.7
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 179 0.7
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 166 0.7
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 128 0.5
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 102 0.4
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 70 0.3
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 56 0.2
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 53 0.2
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 50 0.2
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 50 0.2
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 48 0.2
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 37 0.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 27 0.1
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 4 --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 455 146,901  

The population of the Lynchburg, VA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 252,634 in 2010; in 2000 it was 228,616. The total population changed 10.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (146,901) included 58.1% of the total population in 2010.

Lynchburg, VA, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 6 counties: Amherst County, Virginia, Appomattox County, Virginia, Bedford city, Virginia, Bedford County, Virginia, Campbell County, Virginia, Lynchburg city, 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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