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