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Virginia - State Membership Report (2020)

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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 233 888,163 102.90
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 1,519 723,632 83.84
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2,030 663,951 76.92
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 1,461 409,558 47.45
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 90 169,371 19.62
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 333 99,669 11.55
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 206 96,496 11.18
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 436 77,505 8.98
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 243 69,335 8.03
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 74 62,153 7.20
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 244 57,744 6.69
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 186 44,193 5.12
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 187 42,812 4.96
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 79 38,985 4.52
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 205 37,677 4.37
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 101 35,739 4.14
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 103 29,934 3.47
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 151 29,283 3.39
Hindu, Traditional Temples Hinduism Hinduism Family 14 28,038 3.25
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 97 26,052 3.02
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 179 25,585 2.96
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 63 18,474 2.14
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 67 16,765 1.94
Reform Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 20 16,135 1.87
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 149 15,534 1.80
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 162 14,943 1.73
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 57 14,180 1.64
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 59 11,425 1.32
Ethiopian Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 18 11,205 1.30
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 53 10,608 1.23
Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 66 10,172 1.18
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 16 9,689 1.12
Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 15 9,600 1.11
Conservative Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 13 9,540 1.11
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 76 9,455 1.10
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 14 9,010 1.04
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 16 8,092 0.94
Hindu Yoga and Meditation Hinduism 29 7,888 0.91
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 24 7,833 0.91
Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism Buddhism Family 12 6,977 0.81
Mennonite Church, USA Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 50 6,811 0.79
Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 9 6,120 0.71
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 39 5,399 0.63
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 31 5,196 0.60
Reformed Zion Union Apostolic Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 37 4,708 0.55
Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 21 4,680 0.54
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 26 4,619 0.54
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 30 4,502 0.52
National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 10 4,145 0.48
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 67 3,815 0.44
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 18 2,672 0.31
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Black Protestant Baptist Family 13 2,376 0.28
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 20 2,367 0.27
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 9 2,196 0.25
Friends General Conference Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 19 2,073 0.24
United House of Prayer Black Protestant 12 2,068 0.24
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 7 2,062 0.24
Association of Vineyard Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 11 1,996 0.23
United Holy Church of America Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 42 1,697 0.20
Amish Groups, undifferentiated Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 16 1,668 0.19
Orthodox Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 6 1,360 0.16
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 11 1,351 0.16
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 11 1,212 0.14
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 11 1,174 0.14
Southeastern Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 12 1,170 0.14
Primitive Baptists, Eastern District Association of Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 17 1,096 0.13
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 5 1,085 0.13
Evangelical Friends Church International Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 14 1,083 0.13
General Association of General Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2 1,060 0.12
Old German Baptist Brethren Church Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 4 892 0.10
Open Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 3 890 0.10
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 3 780 0.09
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 4 600 0.07
Church of the United Brethren in Christ, USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 5 595 0.07
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 7 583 0.07
Riverdale Old Order (Virginia) Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 581 0.07
Weaverland Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 539 0.06
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 3 500 0.06
Original Virginia Conference Old Order Mennonite Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 486 0.06
Syrian (Syriac) Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 485 0.06
Eritrean Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 480 0.06
Biblical Mennonite Alliance Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 3 461 0.05
American Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 3 450 0.05
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 9 439 0.05
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant Other Groups Family 5 419 0.05
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 4 381 0.04
Free Methodist Church – USA Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 4 365 0.04
Unaffiliated Conservative Mennonite Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 4 355 0.04
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 4 320 0.04
Indian Bottom Association of Old Regular Baptists. Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 6 302 0.03
Nationwide Fellowship Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 4 294 0.03
Pilgrim Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 2 269 0.03
Central Baptist Association Ministries Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 6 268 0.03
Pleasant View Old Order (Virginia) Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 222 0.03
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3 221 0.03
Reconstructionist Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 216 0.03
Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of the Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 210 0.02
Evangelical Covenant Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 5 192 0.02
Moravian Church in America (Unitas Fratrum), Southern Province Mainline Protestant 3 190 0.02
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3 167 0.02
United Catholic Church Catholic Other Groups Family 1 160 0.02
Church of God General Conference (Abrahamic Faith, McDonough, GA) Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 4 151 0.02
Armenian Apostolic Church (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 150 0.02
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 135 0.02
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 126 0.01
Old German Baptist Brethren Church, New Conference Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 2 120 0.01
Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 114 0.01
Conservative Yearly Meetings of Friends Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 2 106 0.01
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 90 0.01
Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 80 0.01
North American and Europe Region of the Knanaya Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 80 0.01
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada, and Australia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 65 0.01
Maranatha Amish Mennonite Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 65 0.01
Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 60 0.01
Apostolic Christian Church (Nazarene) - West Conference Evangelical Protestant Froehlich Churches Family 1 60 0.01
Friends United Meeting Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 2 57 0.01
Malankara Mar Thoma Church Other Christians Other Groups Family 1 52 0.01
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 50 0.01
Unaffiliated Amish-Mennonite (Conservative) Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 48 0.01
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 44 0.01
Believers in Christ Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 34 0.00
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (Covenanters) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 33 0.00
Stauffer Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 32 0.00
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 1 30 0.00
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 27 0.00
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 18 0.00
Independent Conservative Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 0 5 0.00
Christadelphians Other Christians Other Groups Family 15
Church of God Apostolic, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Catholic Apostolic Church in North America Mainline Protestant 2
Vanguard Presbytery Evangelical Protestant 1
ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 13
Anglican Province of America Mainline Protestant 4
United Episcopal Church of North America Mainline Protestant 3
Diocese of the Holy Cross Mainline Protestant 3
Episcopal Missionary Church Mainline Protestant 6
Orthodox Anglican Church Mainline Protestant 4
Reformed Bible Church Evangelical Protestant 2
Grace Communion International Evangelical Protestant 4
North American Old Roman Catholic Church (Archdiocese of New York) Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 2
American Ethical Union Other Liberal Family 1
Church of God and Saints of Christ Other Christians Judaism Family 2
Christ's Sanctified Holy Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2
Anglican Catholic Church Other Christians Anglican/Episcopal Family 17
Christian Congregation in North America Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
Full Gospel Assemblies International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Sovereign Grace Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 4
The Church of God Evangelical Protestant 12
The Local Churches Evangelical Protestant 6
Bible Methodist Connection of Churches Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2
International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 2
Unification Church Other Other Groups Family 1
Evangelical Lutheran Conference and Ministerium of North America Evangelical Protestant 2
United Church of God Other Christians Adventist Family 4
Every Nation Evangelical Protestant 8
Twelve Tribes Evangelical Protestant 1
Chabad Judaism Judaism 14
Remnant: Charity Ministries and related Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 15
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 53
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, Oregon Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 14
Converge Worldwide Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 8
Association of Messianic Congregations Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Brethren Church (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 11
Brethren in Christ Church Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 5
Calvary Chapel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4
Church of Christ (Holiness) U.S.A Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 7
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christians Christian Science Family 5
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
Unity Churches, Association of Other Christians Other Groups Family 15
General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 3
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 87
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
Church of Jesus Christ (Bickertonite) Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1
Churches of Christ in Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 4
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 4
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 11
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 9
Evangelical Association of Reformed and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 15
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 5
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 37
Grace Gospel Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 1
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 24
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 5
Jain Other Other Groups Family 3
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1
National Spiritualist Association of Churches Other Spiritualist Family 2
New Apostolic Church USA Other Christians Other Groups Family 5
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 5
(Original) Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 17
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 6
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 13
Progressive Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 8
Reformed Presbyterian Church General Assembly Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3
Reformed Presbyterian Church Hanover Presbytery Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 6
American Sikh Council Other Other Groups Family 12
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Christians Other Groups Family 2
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 68
Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America Other Other Groups Family 1
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this state was 8,631,393 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,970,305) included 46.0% of the total population in 2020. The adherence rate is the number of adherents of a given group per 1,000 people in the general population.

Note that data collection methods for religious bodies change over time, affecting the comparability of statistics. For further information, see the U.S. Religion Census website at https://www.usreligioncensus.org/.

The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 372 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 155.

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