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Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

305,190 37,831 157,471 107,056 5,486 66,635 997,153
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 24 18,638 15.40
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 0 0.00
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 0 0 0.00
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 20 0.02
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 21 11,397 9.42
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 24 5,027 4.15
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 690 0.57
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 54 0.04
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 31 51,330 42.43
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 1,522 1.26
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 150 0.12
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 29 5,426 4.48
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 34 10,111 8.36
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 2,412 1.99
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 122 0.10
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 1,275 1.05
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 20 2,517 2.08
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 6 0.00
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 12 4,821 3.98
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 487 0.40
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 10 1,871 1.55
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 14 1,923 1.59
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 49 27,293 22.56
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 21 8,762 7.24
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 8 0.01
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 10 947 0.78
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 133 0.11
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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0 0 0.00
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 1,858 1.54
Jewish Other Judaism 9 3,476 2.87
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 8 3,136 2.59
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 9 958 0.79
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 2 110 0.09
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 64 0.05
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 362 0.30
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 60 24,167 19.97
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 905 0.75
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 1,810 1.50
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 8 1,800 1.49
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 177 140,649 116.25
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 3 249 0.21
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 49 14,006 11.58
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 148 79,778 65.94
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 148 0.12
Totals: 825 430,418  

The population of the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 1,209,873 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (430,418) included 35.6% 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 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.


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