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Virginia

Religious Traditions, 2010

1,531,731 111,028 870,842 18,253 674,555 380,183 4,414,432
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
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,688 501,217 93.7
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1,431 690,276 129.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 559 139,423 26.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 347 134,258 25.1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 229 48,798 9.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 209 40,456 7.6
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 188 60,678 11.3
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 186 284,389 53.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 163 15,956 3.0
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 157 35,438 6.6
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 144 25,096 4.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 130 14,201 2.7
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 117 26,117 4.9
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 115 12,342 2.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 79 10,933 2.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 77 37,534 7.0
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 73 26,137 4.9
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 64 29,776 5.6
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 64 12,178 2.3
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 62 6,561 1.2
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 55 9,501 1.8
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 42 5,883 1.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 41 14,290 2.7
Jewish Other Judaism 30 11,512 2.2
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 28 2,385 0.4
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 24 7,107 1.3
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 24 6,723 1.3
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 19 3,357 0.6
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 17 3,312 0.6
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 16 1,838 0.3
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 15 945 0.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 14 2,791 0.5
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 2,425 0.5
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 498 0.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 430 0.1
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 605 0.1
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 655 0.1
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 264 0.0
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 479 0.1
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 547 0.1
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 1,052 0.2
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 854 0.2
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 376 0.1
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 58 0.0
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 147 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 3 350 0.1
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 237 0.0
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 239 0.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 313 0.1
Holiness Church of God, Inc., The Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 170 0.0
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 136 0.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 497 0.1
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 52 0.0
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 690 0.1
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 6 0.0
Church of Jesus Christ, The (Bickertonites) Other Latter-day Saints 1 37 0.0
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 94 0.0
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 79 0.0
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 155 0.0
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 60 0.0
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Totals: 6,496 2,232,913  

The population of Virginia was 5,346,818 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,232,913) included 41.8% of the total population in 1980.

* 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.