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Religious Traditions, 2010

249,756 11,505 274,766 2,776 95,849 23,661 1,194,681
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 % Change
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints +2 +6,788 +68.4%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +6 +1,631 +11.8%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -1 +1,234 +106.4%
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -1 +403 +41.2%
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups +3 +380 +24.9%
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints -3 +293 +53.1%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +8 +260 +13.3%
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist -5 +210 +128.8%
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -1 +104 +37.7%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -17 +83 +0.4%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist +3 +76 +2.3%
Bahá'í Other Other Groups +0 +42 +8.8%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 -13 -30.2%
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups +0 -14 -34.1%
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 -24 -23.5%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal -1 -28 -10.3%
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -66 -43.7%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness +2 -91 -3.4%
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist -2 -104 -8.2%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist -1 -140 -80.0%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 -150 -65.8%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -3 -150 -42.3%
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -2 -192 -41.3%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 -205 -20.1%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +0 -214 -36.6%
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -268 -64.7%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 -276 -32.5%
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +0 -345 -38.0%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness -3 -370 -27.8%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +6 -381 -8.2%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -3 -459 -40.1%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -3 -475 -5.8%
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -4 -481 -59.8%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -2 -502 -46.3%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness -2 -545 -10.4%
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -681 -35.5%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +67 -772 -1.8%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -810 -40.9%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran -1 -1,155 -8.3%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness -4 -1,233 -47.8%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist -5 -1,722 -15.8%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist -7 -1,976 -8.2%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism -15 -2,815 -24.8%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist -2 -2,909 -21.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness +2 -3,084 -14.4%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist +3 -3,421 -30.1%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -6 -8,778 -30.8%
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism -10 -9,514 -9.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist -144 -14,056 -9.3%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist -82 -19,894 -18.4%
(Original) Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism --- --- ---
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Assemblies of God International Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +0 --- ---
Bruderhof Communities, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +2 --- ---
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist -1 --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Evangelical Association of Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist +1 --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Grace Gospel Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Evangelical Protestant
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Jain Other Other Groups +0 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Mennonite Christian Fellowship* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist +1 --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Unaffiliated Conservative Amish Mennonite Church* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: -223 -66,809 -11%

The population of West Virginia was 1,852,994 in 2010; in 2000 it was 1,808,344. The total population changed 2.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (658,313) included 35.5% of the total population in 2010.

The population of West Virginia was 1,808,344 in 2000; in 1990 it was 1,793,477. The total population changed 0.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (650,016) included 35.9% of the total population in 2000.

* 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.