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Religious Traditions, 2010

16,421 1,948 7,260 819 240 844 57,053
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 % Change
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 +1016 +213.4%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 +183 +5%
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 0 +155 +23.3%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 +150 +24.2%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +1 +85 +50.3%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 +45 +37.8%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 +31 +29.8%
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 +10 +1.8%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 0 +2 +3.3%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0%
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 -12 -3.6%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 -15 -10%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 0 -20 -3%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 -28 -100%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 0 -58 -20%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 -99 -48.3%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 -1513 -16.5%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -8 -3574 -67.9%
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints --- --- ---
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Friends United Meeting* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
--- --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: -7 -3642 -16.1%

The population of Suffolk city, Virginia was 63,677 in 2000; in 1990 it was 52,141. The total population changed 22.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (22,886) included 35.9% of the total population in 2000.

The population of Suffolk city, Virginia was 84,585 in 2010; in 2000 it was 63,677. The total population changed 32.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (27,532) included 32.5% 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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