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Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

121,372 1,629 38,575 4,522 180 2,808 140,458
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic Orthodox 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
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 1,016 3.28
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 414 1.34
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 1,747 5.64
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 79 0.26
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 6 4,522 14.61
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 212 0.68
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 35 6,657 21.51
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 513 1.66
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 2,190 7.07
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 178 0.58
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 110 0.36
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 2,434 7.86
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 233 0.75
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 374 1.21
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 15 1,390 4.49
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 7 1,197 3.87
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 44 0.14
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 40 0.13
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 7 1,502 4.85
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 167 0.54
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 1 0.00
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 140 0.45
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 100 0.32
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 644 2.08
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 6 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 162 0.52
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 41 3,736 12.07
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 178 0.58
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 257 0.83
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
73 22,902 73.99
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 39 6,099 19.70
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 1,270 4.10
Primitive Baptists, Eastern District Association of Evangelical Protestant Baptist 23 2,425 7.83
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 140 0.45
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 40 0.13
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 751 2.43
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 573 1.85
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 180 75,444 243.73
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 53 0.17
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 140 29,150 94.17
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 2 0.01
Totals: 703 169,086  

The population of the Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 309,544 in 2010; in 2000 it was 298,484. The total population changed 3.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (169,086) included 54.6% 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 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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