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Mercer County (West Virginia)

Religious Traditions, 2010

17,020 95 6,683 1,560 76 486 36,344
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 25 6,649 106.79
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 36 4,560 73.24
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
10 3,277 52.63
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 2,004 32.19
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 1,560 25.05
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 13 1,408 22.61
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 1,166 18.73
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 751 12.06
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 622 9.99
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 432 6.94
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 399 6.41
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 348 5.59
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 308 4.95
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 299 4.80
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 291 4.67
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 255 4.10
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 234 3.76
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 230 3.69
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 229 3.68
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 185 2.97
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 181 2.91
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 102 1.64
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 95 1.53
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 76 1.22
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 76 1.22
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 70 1.12
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 50 0.80
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 26 0.42
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 25 0.40
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 12 0.19
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 2 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 6 --- ---
Totals: 166 25,920  

The population of Mercer County, West Virginia was 62,264 in 2010; in 2000 it was 62,980. The total population changed -1.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (25,920) included 41.6% 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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