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Religious Traditions, 2010

22,450 2,236 10,831 3,558 3,814 52,646
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 24 10,665 111.63
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
23 9,350 97.87
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 4,037 42.26
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 3 3,558 37.24
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 3,436 35.97
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 3,137 32.84
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,132 11.85
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 3 984 10.30
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 5 945 9.89
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 830 8.69
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 677 7.09
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 3 597 6.25
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 534 5.59
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 449 4.70
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 390 4.08
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 368 3.85
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 291 3.05
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 224 2.34
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 207 2.17
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 196 2.05
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 185 1.94
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 165 1.73
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 137 1.43
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 122 1.28
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 92 0.96
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 73 0.76
Evangelical Friends Church International* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 49 0.51
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 42 0.44
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 17 0.18
Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A. Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 2 --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Totals: 118 42,889  

The population of Portsmouth city, Virginia was 95,535 in 2010; in 2000 it was 100,565. The total population changed -5.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (42,889) included 44.9% 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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