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Preston County (West Virginia)

Religious Traditions, 2010

2,302 4,777 1,349 366 24,726
Evangelical 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
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 15 0.45
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 6 499 14.89
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 235 7.01
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 1 0.03
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 94 2.80
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 5 1,349 40.24
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 28 0.84
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 365 10.89
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 10 571 17.03
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 404 12.05
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 136 4.06
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 110 3.28
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 33 0.98
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 202 6.03
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 --- ---
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 23 0.69
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 129 3.85
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 2 --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
1 100 2.98
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 170 5.07
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 33 0.98
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 329 9.82
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 50 3,873 115.54
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 95 2.83
Totals: 106 8,794  

The population of Preston County, West Virginia was 33,520 in 2010; in 2000 it was 29,334. The total population changed 14.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (8,794) included 26.2% 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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