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Virginia - State Membership Report (1980)

Exact definitions of "congregations" and "adherents" vary by religious body. Congregations may be parishes, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, or another site where a religious body has regularly scheduled worship services. Adherents generally are members, children who are not members, and others who are not members but are considered participants in the congregation.

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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1,431 690,276 129.10
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 1,688 501,217 93.74
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 186 284,389 53.19
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 559 139,423 26.08
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 347 134,258 25.11
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 188 60,678 11.35
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 229 48,798 9.13
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 209 40,456 7.57
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 77 37,534 7.02
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 157 35,438 6.63
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 64 29,776 5.57
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 73 26,137 4.89
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 117 26,117 4.88
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 144 25,096 4.69
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 163 15,956 2.98
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 41 14,290 2.67
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 130 14,201 2.66
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 115 12,342 2.31
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 64 12,178 2.28
Jewish Congregations Judaism Judaism Family 30 11,512 2.15
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 79 10,933 2.04
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 55 9,501 1.78
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 24 7,107 1.33
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 24 6,723 1.26
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 62 6,561 1.23
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 42 5,883 1.10
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 38 6,714 1.26
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 17 3,312 0.62
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 14 2,791 0.52
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 10 2,425 0.45
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 28 2,385 0.45
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 16 1,838 0.34
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4 1,052 0.20
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 15 945 0.18
Free Methodist Church – USA Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 4 854 0.16
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 690 0.13
Brethren in Christ Church Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 5 655 0.12
Brethren Church (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 5 605 0.11
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 4 547 0.10
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 8 498 0.09
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 2 497 0.09
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 5 479 0.09
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 6 430 0.08
American Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 3 376 0.07
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant Other Groups Family 3 350 0.07
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 2 313 0.06
Church of God General Conference (Abrahamic Faith, McDonough, GA) Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 5 264 0.05
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2 239 0.04
Moravian Church in America (Unitas Fratrum), Southern Province Mainline Protestant 3 237 0.04
Holiness Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 170 0.03
Old Order Amish Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 155 0.03
Evangelical Covenant Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 3 147 0.03
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 2 136 0.03
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 94 0.02
Converge Worldwide Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 79 0.01
Open Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 60 0.01
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 3 58 0.01
Apostolic Christian Church (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 1 52 0.01
Church of Jesus Christ (Bickertonite) Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1 37 0.01
General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 1 6 0.00
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection (Original Allegheny Conference) Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 0 0 0.00
Central Baptist Association Ministries Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christians Christian Science Family 0 0 0.00
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 0 0 0.00
Church of God, Mountain Assembly, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 0 0 0.00
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 0 0 0.00
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 0 0 0.00
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 0 0 0.00
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 0 0 0.00
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 0 0 0.00
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 0 0 0.00
Old Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 0 0 0.00
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 0 0 0.00
Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00
Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America (Diocese of the Orthodox Church in America) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 0 0 0.00
Church of the United Brethren in Christ, USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 0 0 0.00
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 0 0 0.00
Black Baptists Estimate Black Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 0 0 0.00
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 0 0 0.00
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this state was 5,346,818 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,236,270) included 41.8% of the total population in 1980. The adherence rate is the number of adherents of a given group per 1,000 people in the general population.

Note that data collection methods for religious bodies change over time, affecting the comparability of statistics. For further information, see the U.S. Religion Census website at https://www.usreligioncensus.org/.

The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 372 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 155.

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