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Charlottesville, VA, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

36,455 804 22,045 12,893 463 7,999 138,046
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 83 25,322 133.52
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 49 10,059 53.04
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 22 5,389 28.42
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 16 4,454 23.49
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 11 9,795 51.65
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 971 5.12
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 1,144 6.03
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 527 2.78
Buddhists Other Other Groups 4 --- ---
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 2,439 12.86
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,444 7.61
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 500 2.64
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 361 1.90
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 116 0.61
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 302 1.59
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 388 2.05
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 2 107 0.56
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 127 0.67
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 208 1.10
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 806 4.25
Jewish Other Judaism 2 1,500 7.91
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 1,583 8.35
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 205 1.08
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 170 0.90
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 379 2.00
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 54 0.28
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 121 0.64
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 119 0.63
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 25 0.13
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 405 2.14
Hindus Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 54 0.28
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 192 1.01
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 71 0.37
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 23 0.12
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 288 1.52
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 95 0.50
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 0 0.00
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 220 1.16
Sikh Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 300 1.58
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 396 2.09
Totals: 264 70,659  

The population of the Charlottesville, VA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 189,644 in 2000; in 1990 it was 156,758. The total population changed 21.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (70,659) included 37.3% of the total population in 2000.

* 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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