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Jefferson County (West Virginia)

Religious Traditions, 2010

4,756 307 7,083 4,679 729 35,944
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic 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 17 3,809 71.20
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 2,340 43.74
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 7 1,059 19.80
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 808 15.10
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 470 8.79
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 4 1,156 21.61
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
4 1,088 20.34
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 307 5.74
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 4,679 87.46
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 219 4.09
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 700 13.08
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 85 1.59
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 104 1.94
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 104 1.94
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 147 2.75
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 29 0.54
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 61 1.14
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 87 1.63
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 128 2.39
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 0.00
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 53 0.99
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 121 2.26
Totals: 73 17,554  

The population of Jefferson County, West Virginia was 53,498 in 2010; in 2000 it was 42,190. The total population changed 26.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (17,554) included 32.8% 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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