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Kanawha County (West Virginia)

Religious Traditions, 2010

31,202 3,114 27,583 7,331 1,136 2,020 120,677
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 49 10,546 54.62
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
40 13,578 70.33
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 38 5,393 27.93
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 34 10,514 54.46
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 23 1,838 9.52
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 20 4,074 21.10
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 18 971 5.03
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 16 3,081 15.96
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 14 716 3.71
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 1,539 7.97
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 11 7,331 37.97
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 917 4.75
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 --- ---
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 7 2,770 14.35
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 124 0.64
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 5 1,385 7.17
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 311 1.61
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 1,017 5.27
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 260 1.35
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 235 1.22
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 115 0.60
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 166 0.86
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 397 2.06
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 178 0.92
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 1,349 6.99
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 636 3.29
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 2 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 312 1.62
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 329 1.70
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,021 5.29
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 156 0.81
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 39 0.20
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 174 0.90
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 4 0.02
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 115 0.60
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 16 0.08
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 144 0.75
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 27 0.14
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 109 0.56
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 335 1.74
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 159 0.82
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 5 0.03
Totals: 368 72,386  

The population of Kanawha County, West Virginia was 193,063 in 2010; in 2000 it was 200,073. The total population changed -3.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (72,386) included 37.5% 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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