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McDowell County (West Virginia)

Religious Traditions, 2010

2,604 531 914 313 0 471 17,280
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
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 39 3,005 60.22
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 1,365 27.36
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 677 13.57
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 7 1,472 29.50
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 931 18.66
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 5 1,406 28.18
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 187 3.75
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 585 11.72
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 198 3.97
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 253 5.07
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 148 2.97
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 270 5.41
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 270 5.41
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 99 1.98
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 65 1.30
Holiness Church of God, Inc., The Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 80 1.60
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 66 1.32
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 11 0.22
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 385 7.72
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 54 1.08
Jewish Other Judaism 1 20 0.40
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 242 4.85
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 0 0.00
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Old Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Totals: 115 11,789  

The population of McDowell County, West Virginia was 49,899 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (11,789) included 23.6% 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 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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