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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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,458 182,731 101.9
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 533 132,325 73.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 290 25,134 14.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 212 37,586 21.0
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 196 19,814 11.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 179 14,616 8.1
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 177 108,529 60.5
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 135 43,161 24.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 124 25,811 14.4
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 105 14,202 7.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 93 13,822 7.7
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 91 7,035 3.9
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 88 9,383 5.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 82 13,926 7.8
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 66 13,351 7.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 58 14,845 8.3
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 41 3,418 1.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 38 3,396 1.9
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 36 1,361 0.8
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 35 1,255 0.7
Old Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 34 2,219 1.2
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 34 2,175 1.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 31 8,095 4.5
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 24 1,332 0.7
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 21 1,019 0.6
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 21 487 0.3
United Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 19 3,048 1.7
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 18 1,536 0.9
Jewish Other Judaism 17 2,181 1.2
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 15 233 0.1
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 13 601 0.3
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 12 911 0.5
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 1,022 0.6
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 10 1,075 0.6
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 9 1,489 0.8
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 9 --- ---
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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9 4,200 2.3
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 452 0.3
Primitive Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 9 427 0.2
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 --- ---
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 1,440 0.8
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 258 0.1
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 6 510 0.3
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 655 0.4
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 6 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 6 251 0.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 628 0.4
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 128 0.1
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 274 0.2
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 411 0.2
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 41 0.0
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 266 0.1
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 55 0.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 151 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 64 0.0
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 900 0.5
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 38 0.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 60 0.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 0 ---
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 43 0.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 36 0.0
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 17,586 9.8
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Totals: 4,443 741,998  

The population of West Virginia was 1,793,477 in 1990; in 1980 it was 1,949,644. The total population changed -8.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (741,998) included 41.4% 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.