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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
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 15 1,030 0.2
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 80 32,114 5.2
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 33 0.0
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 195 0.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 88 51,181 8.3
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 25 0.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 178 38,044 6.1
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 2,063 0.3
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 188 0.0
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 7 629 0.1
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 373,756 60.4
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 7 772 0.1
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 7 349 0.1
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 228 384,285 62.1
Central Baptist Association Ministries Evangelical Protestant Baptist 14 749 0.1
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 25 3,358 0.5
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 21 1,849 0.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 224 42,038 6.8
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 210 39,949 6.5
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 329 0.1
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 28 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 56 4,000 0.6
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 177 24,614 4.0
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 176 0.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 126 6,373 1.0
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 32 0.0
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 120 42,073 6.8
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 181 32,228 5.2
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 22 0.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 75 12,240 2.0
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 676 0.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 153 15,304 2.5
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,509 0.2
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 129 0.0
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 89 0.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 360 129,070 20.9
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 503 0.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 193 64,337 10.4
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 671 0.1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 1,698 0.3
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 1,434 0.2
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 337 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 39 3,116 0.5
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 12 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 5 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 17 19,725 3.2
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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51 50,030 8.1
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 473 0.1
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 171 19,041 3.1
Jewish Other Judaism 45 66,564 10.8
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 45 17,413 2.8
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 79 9,176 1.5
Moravian Church in America--Southern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 356 0.1
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 98 12,086 2.0
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 50 0.0
Old Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 46 2,378 0.4
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 7 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 695 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 512 138,554 22.4
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 69 12,548 2.0
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 146 5,582 0.9
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 80 0.0
Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 324 0.1
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 26 4,175 0.7
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 91 14,828 2.4
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1,515 742,860 120.1
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 22 6,119 1.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 112 25,269 4.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,626 490,789 79.3
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 66 12,476 2.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 7 925 0.1
Totals: 7,490 2,966,083  

The population of Virginia was 6,187,358 in 1990; in 1980 it was 5,346,818. The total population changed 15.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,966,083) included 47.9% of the total population in 1990.

* 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.