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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 1,197 136,929 73.9
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 139 95,849 51.7
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 381 88,193 47.6
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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312 71,205 38.4
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 232 42,834 23.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 287 22,167 12.0
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 178 21,740 11.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 196 19,689 10.6
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 125 18,305 9.9
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 38 16,710 9.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 118 15,473 8.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 52 12,809 6.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 88 10,927 5.9
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 174 9,161 4.9
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 67 8,529 4.6
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 41 7,955 4.3
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 77 7,727 4.2
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 22 5,341 2.9
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 79 4,689 2.5
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 53 4,277 2.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 43 3,396 1.8
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 23 2,748 1.5
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 16 2,561 1.4
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 22 2,394 1.3
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 19 2,212 1.2
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 7 1,908 1.0
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 11 1,701 0.9
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 2 1,691 0.9
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 1,380 0.7
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 26 1,348 0.7
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 1,235 0.7
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 6 1,170 0.6
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 6 1,164 0.6
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 1,160 0.6
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 18 963 0.5
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 6 892 0.5
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 7 845 0.5
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 12 817 0.4
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 27 685 0.4
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 613 0.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 582 0.3
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 573 0.3
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 563 0.3
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 3 520 0.3
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 380 0.2
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 373 0.2
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 370 0.2
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 323 0.2
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 1 300 0.2
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 285 0.2
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 278 0.2
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 273 0.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 4 245 0.1
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 217 0.1
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 205 0.1
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 0 154 0.1
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 146 0.1
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 135 0.1
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 115 0.1
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 115 0.1
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 95 0.1
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 85 0.0
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 79 0.0
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 78 0.0
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 78 0.0
Mennonite Christian Fellowship* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 60 0.0
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 1 60 0.0
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 3 42 0.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 35 0.0
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 30 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 27 0.0
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 25 0.0
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 23 0.0
Bruderhof Communities, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 17 0.0
Unaffiliated Conservative Amish Mennonite Church* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 13 0.0
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 1 11 0.0
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 11 0.0
(Original) Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 --- ---
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 ---
Assemblies of God International Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 6 --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 --- ---
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 5 --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Evangelical Association of Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 --- ---
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 ---
Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 18 --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 4 --- ---
Grace Gospel Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Evangelical Protestant
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4 --- ---
Jain Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 51 --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 14 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 59 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Totals: 4,413 658,313  

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.

* 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.