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Hanover County (Virginia)

Religious Traditions, 2010

26,659 1,136 13,416 5,183 30 2,512 50,927
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 29 17,534 175.58
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 16 7,409 74.19
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 5,183 51.90
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 4,161 41.67
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 9 2,350 23.53
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 1,843 18.46
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 1,808 18.10
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 6 1,589 15.91
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 1,315 13.17
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
8 1,162 11.64
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 1,136 11.38
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 625 6.26
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 406 4.07
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 1 395 3.96
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 379 3.80
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 258 2.58
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 243 2.43
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 225 2.25
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 215 2.15
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 200 2.00
Evangelical Friends Church International* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 190 1.90
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 100 1.00
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 86 0.86
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 1 72 0.72
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 30 0.30
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 22 0.22
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 0.00
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 2 --- ---
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Totals: 117 48,936  

The population of Hanover County, Virginia was 99,863 in 2010; in 2000 it was 86,320. The total population changed 15.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (48,936) included 49.0% 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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