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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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1,914 763,655 95.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,540 467,417 58.4
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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1,237 378,934 47.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 498 115,955 14.5
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 349 120,579 15.1
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 230 673,853 84.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 224 56,241 7.0
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 218 47,041 5.9
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 207 30,327 3.8
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 200 42,530 5.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 196 89,800 11.2
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 191 56,754 7.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 185 29,841 3.7
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 179 28,209 3.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 165 16,591 2.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 148 24,388 3.0
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 131 --- ---
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 107 65,881 8.2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 102 5,911 0.7
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 93 30,852 3.9
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 92 22,532 2.8
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 86 13,129 1.6
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 80 5,141 0.6
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 78 15,583 1.9
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 74 56,554 7.1
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 71 15,453 1.9
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 66 10,148 1.3
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 62 213,032 26.6
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 55 4,634 0.6
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 55 6,251 0.8
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 54 --- ---
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 54 9,046 1.1
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 53 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 50 17,337 2.2
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 45 --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 43 --- ---
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 39 17,210 2.2
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 37 4,728 0.6
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 29 2,923 0.4
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 29 4,480 0.6
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 28 --- ---
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 25 562 0.1
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 24 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 24 8,001 1.0
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 23 1,627 0.2
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 23 --- ---
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 21 3,085 0.4
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 21 --- ---
Primitive Baptists, Eastern District Association of Evangelical Protestant Baptist 21 2,201 0.3
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 21 17,025 2.1
Korean-American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 18 --- ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 17 --- ---
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 17 5,591 0.7
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 17 --- ---
Evangelical Friends Church International* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 16 841 0.1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 16 4,424 0.6
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 16 --- ---
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 15 1,989 0.2
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 422 0.1
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 13 2,842 0.4
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 13 10,190 1.3
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 13 --- ---
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 12 1,085 0.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 12 10,772 1.3
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 2,958 0.4
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 1,144 0.1
Sikh Other Other Groups 11 --- ---
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 2,395 0.3
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 10 1,732 0.2
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 10 1,542 0.2
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 10 1,460 0.2
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 9 1,017 0.1
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 9 1,766 0.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 9 1,858 0.2
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 8 3,796 0.5
Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 --- ---
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 8 4,989 0.6
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 8 3,125 0.4
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 872 0.1
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 --- ---
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 --- ---
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 --- ---
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 501 0.1
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 6 4,150 0.5
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 575 0.1
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 6 6,150 0.8
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 1,813 0.2
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 6 --- ---
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,082 0.1
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 450 0.1
Friends United Meeting* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 5 256 0.0
Hindu, Renaissance Other Other Groups 5 348 0.0
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 5 --- ---
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 295 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 5 538 0.1
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 69 0.0
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 390 0.0
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 547 0.1
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 380 0.0
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 --- ---
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 149 0.0
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 --- ---
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 4 548 0.1
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 --- ---
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 1,988 0.2
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 --- ---
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism 4 --- ---
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 225 0.0
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 154 0.0
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Evangelical Association of Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 --- ---
Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 80 0.0
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 --- ---
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 219 0.0
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 142 0.0
(Original) Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 185 0.0
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 210 0.0
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 33 0.0
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 250 0.0
Conservative Yearly Meetings of Friends* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 218 0.0
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 93 0.0
Federation of Reformed Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
National Spiritualist Association of Churches Other Spiritualist 2 --- ---
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 85 0.0
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 335 0.0
Unaffiliated Friends Meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 --- ---
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, OR Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 41 0.0
Assemblies of God International Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Association of Messianic Congregations Other Judaism 1 --- ---
Berea Amish Mennonite* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 17 0.0
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 26 0.0
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Churches of Christ in Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 --- ---
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 72 0.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Grace Gospel Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Jain Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 54 0.0
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 100 0.0
Maranatha Amish Mennonite* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 75 0.0
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 53 0.0
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism 1 100 0.0
Reformed Presbyterian Church General Assembly Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church Hanover Presbytery Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 150 0.0
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 80 0.0
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 --- ---
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 120 0.0
Unaffiliated Conservative Amish Mennonite Church* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 38 0.0
United Catholic Church, Inc. Catholic Catholicism 1 702 0.1
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 1 255 0.0
Totals: 10,088 3,586,592  

The population of Virginia was 8,001,024 in 2010; in 2000 it was 7,078,515. The total population changed 13.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,586,592) included 44.8% of the total population in 2010.

* 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.