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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 1,341 150,985 83.5
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 463 108,087 59.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 294 24,143 13.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 202 28,467 15.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 195 21,657 12.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 179 10,883 6.0
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 165 43,606 24.1
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 149 105,363 58.3
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 123 21,389 11.8
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 112 13,842 7.7
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 90 13,836 7.7
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 82 11,344 6.3
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 81 5,234 2.9
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 80 8,202 4.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 53 13,964 7.7
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 47 4,658 2.6
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 40 3,320 1.8
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 38 11,376 6.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 36 9,922 5.5
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 36 --- ---
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 30 1,144 0.6
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 30 2,581 1.4
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 23 1,160 0.6
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 21 1,333 0.7
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 17 1,911 1.1
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 15 163 0.1
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 14 2,652 1.5
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 14 --- ---
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 12 1,022 0.6
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 1,952 1.1
Jewish Other Judaism 11 2,400 1.3
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 804 0.4
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 10 552 0.3
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 465 0.3
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 355 0.2
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 1,264 0.7
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 908 0.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 1,084 0.6
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 6 1,980 1.1
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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6 5,476 3.0
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 276 0.2
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 213 0.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 5 273 0.2
Hindus Other Other Groups 4 --- ---
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 4 1,528 0.8
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 1,916 1.1
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 3 478 0.3
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 584 0.3
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 977 0.5
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 57 0.0
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 414 0.2
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 228 0.1
Buddhists Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 285 0.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 175 0.1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 849 0.5
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 117 0.1
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 39 0.0
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 151 0.1
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 125 0.1
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 1,500 0.8
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 88 0.0
Jain Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 41 0.0
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 43 0.0
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 102 0.1
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Separate Baptists in Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 73 0.0
(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 --- --- ---
Bruderhof Communities, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
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 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 --- --- ---
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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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 --- --- ---
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 --- --- ---
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: 4,139 650,016  

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.