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Lancaster County (Virginia)

Religious Traditions, 2010

3,146 2,531 1,352 190 4,172
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 2,585 226.93
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 1,352 118.69
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 1,212 106.40
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 697 61.19
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 568 49.86
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 492 43.19
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 130 11.41
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 69 6.06
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 55 4.83
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 54 4.74
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 5 0.44
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
Unaffiliated Friends Meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Totals: 33 7,219  

The population of Lancaster County, Virginia was 11,391 in 2010; in 2000 it was 11,567. The total population changed -1.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (7,219) included 63.4% 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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