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West Virginia

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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,584 219,560 112.6
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 613 156,126 80.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 276 30,473 15.6
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 230 47,103 24.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 186 16,452 8.4
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 175 105,346 54.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 119 26,538 13.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 101 16,215 8.3
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 95 16,710 8.6
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 91 12,182 6.2
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 87 29,239 15.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 85 19,091 9.8
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 79 15,650 8.0
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 69 8,689 4.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 60 16,794 8.6
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 44 3,400 1.7
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 42 2,369 1.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 34 3,108 1.6
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 25 8,015 4.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 20 3,429 1.8
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 20 4,164 2.1
Jewish Other Judaism 13 2,391 1.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 10 1,685 0.9
Primitive Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 10 542 0.3
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 9 1,489 0.8
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 429 0.2
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 9 361 0.2
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 747 0.4
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 1,786 0.9
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 6 625 0.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 6 195 0.1
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 350 0.2
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 379 0.2
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 502 0.3
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 645 0.3
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 215 0.1
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 130 0.1
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 221 0.1
Holiness Church of God, Inc., The Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 80 0.0
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 140 0.1
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 35 0.0
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 132 0.1
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 1 0.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 65 0.0
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 61 0.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 7 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 90 0.0
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 78 0.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 30 0.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Totals: 4,159 774,064  

The population of West Virginia was 1,949,644 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (774,064) included 39.7% 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 for those who are interested in these trends.


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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