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Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

305,190 37,831 157,471 5,486 107,056 66,635 997,153
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 30 7,786 4.6
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 26 4,923 2.9
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 29 22,219 13.3
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 60 0.0
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 6 --- ---
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 100 0.1
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 120 0.1
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 40 11,135 6.6
Association of Messianic Congregations Other Judaism 1 --- ---
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 4 835 0.5
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 93 0.1
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 9 4,798 2.9
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 1 1,364 0.8
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 2 62 0.0
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 44 107,056 63.8
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 407 0.2
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 24 2,829 1.7
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 36 10,496 6.3
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 662 0.4
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 59 0.0
Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A. Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 4 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 465 0.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 26 8,865 5.3
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 29 6,155 3.7
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 571 0.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 27 15,346 9.2
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 319 0.2
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 12 1,417 0.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 23 2,943 1.8
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 2 274 0.2
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 198 0.1
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 914 0.5
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 5 3,402 2.0
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 42 0.0
Conservative Yearly Meetings of Friends* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 157 0.1
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 420 0.3
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 53 21,896 13.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 100 0.1
Evangelical Friends Church International* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 331 0.2
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 20 7,806 4.7
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 --- ---
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 1,604 1.0
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 63 0.0
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 25 0.0
Friends United Meeting* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 59 0.0
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 5 --- ---
Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 4,440 2.6
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 1 1,742 1.0
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 2 50 0.0
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 400 0.2
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 795 0.5
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 90 0.1
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 24 3,188 1.9
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 25 --- ---
Korean-American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 11 3,296 2.0
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 494 0.3
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 54 0.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 7 3,217 1.9
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 96 0.1
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 10 34,360 20.5
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 700 0.4
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 3 2,116 1.3
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 24 15,778 9.4
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 232 0.1
National Spiritualist Association of Churches Other Spiritualist 1 --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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290 103,183 61.5
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 100 0.1
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 2 480 0.3
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 55 20,715 12.4
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 15 3,707 2.2
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 179 0.1
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 4 2,703 1.6
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 150 0.1
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 42 0.0
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 978 0.6
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 22 3,912 2.3
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 271 138,469 82.6
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism 1 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 3 815 0.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 34 6,489 3.9
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 14 --- ---
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 146 75,139 44.8
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 2,205 1.3
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 453 0.3
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 522 0.3
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 4 0.0
Totals: 1,574 679,669  

The population of the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 1,676,822 in 2010; in 2000 it was 1,580,057. The total population changed 6.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (679,669) included 40.5% of the total population in 2010.

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 16 counties: Chesapeake city, Virginia, Currituck County, North Carolina, Gates County, North Carolina, Gloucester County, Virginia, Hampton city, Virginia, Isle of Wight County, Virginia, James City County, Virginia, Mathews County, Virginia, Newport News city, Virginia, Norfolk city, Virginia, Poquoson city, Virginia, Portsmouth city, Virginia, Suffolk city, Virginia, Virginia Beach city, Virginia, Williamsburg city, Virginia, York 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 www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

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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