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Beckley, WV, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

19,519 1,819 13,497 3,281 64 1,071 85,647
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 Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 418 3.35
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 178 1.43
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 5 865 6.93
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 3 358 2.87
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 4 3,281 26.27
(Original) Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 1,115 8.93
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 95 0.76
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 64 0.51
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 989 7.92
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 790 6.33
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 21 3,927 31.44
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 45 0.36
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 162 1.30
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 720 5.76
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 13 541 4.33
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 68 0.54
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 44 0.35
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 445 3.56
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 21 1,077 8.62
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
32 5,822 46.61
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 326 2.61
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 94 0.75
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 170 1.36
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 15 2,934 23.49
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 --- ---
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 91 0.73
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 29 7,465 59.77
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 352 2.82
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 403 3.23
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 112 0.90
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 14 883 7.07
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 46 4,282 34.28
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 64 0.51
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 51 0.41
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 593 4.75
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 3 --- ---
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 308 2.47
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 92 0.74
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 27 0.22
Totals: 282 39,251  

The population of the Beckley, WV, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 124,898 in 2010; in 2000 it was 126,799. The total population changed -1.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (39,251) included 31.4% 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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