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Wheeling, WV-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

14,417 528 24,472 25,353 665 3,560 78,955
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 77 17,408 109.28
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 41 34,194 214.65
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 37 7,503 47.10
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 27 2,702 16.96
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 16 3,117 19.57
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 14 5,180 32.52
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 12 3,652 22.93
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 763 4.79
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 8 1,783 11.19
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 6 2,292 14.39
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 460 2.89
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 599 3.76
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 308 1.93
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 757 4.75
Jewish Other Judaism 3 230 1.44
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 247 1.55
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 1,030 6.47
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 3 85 0.53
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 711 4.46
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 260 1.63
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 565 3.55
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 106 0.67
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 51 0.32
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 27 0.17
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 480 3.01
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 34 0.21
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 300 1.88
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 300 1.88
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 76 0.48
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 36 0.23
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 116 0.73
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 70 0.44
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 1,047 6.57
Totals: 299 86,489  

The population of the Wheeling, WV-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 159,301 in 1990; in 1980 it was 185,566. The total population changed -14.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (86,489) included 54.3% of the total population in 1990.

* 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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