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Smyth County, Virginia - County Membership Report (1990)

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 16 5,391 166.54
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 27 4,221 130.40
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 5 834 25.76
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 5 748 23.11
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 6 650 20.08
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 5 588 18.16
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4 512 15.82
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 4 319 9.85
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 2 272 8.40
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 3 243 7.51
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 1 202 6.24
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4 200 6.18
Black Baptists Estimate Black Protestant Baptist Family 0 195 6.02
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 1 165 5.10
Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 130 4.02
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 2 107 3.31
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 2 97 3.00
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 1 72 2.22
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 2 67 2.07
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2 57 1.76
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 50 1.54
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 48 1.48
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 1 30 0.93
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 26 0.80

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population

The population of this county was 32,370 in 1990. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (15,224) included 47.0% of the total population in 1990. 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

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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