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Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metro Area - Metro Area Membership Report (2020)

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
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 357 203,120 112.86
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 46 149,082 82.84
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 310 126,687 70.39
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 148 67,645 37.59
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 10 17,802 9.89
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 27 17,717 9.84
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 52 17,438 9.69
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 53 14,464 8.04
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 44 14,117 7.84
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 26 12,746 7.08
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 47 12,076 6.71
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 17 10,760 5.98
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 37 10,605 5.89
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 29 9,974 5.54
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 28 8,063 4.48
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 44 8,027 4.46
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 12 7,836 4.35
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 34 7,302 4.06
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 21 6,319 3.51
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 31 5,040 2.80
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 24 4,212 2.34
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 4 3,750 2.08
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 16 3,719 2.07
National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 5 3,372 1.87
Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 3 3,139 1.74
Conservative Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 5 3,033 1.69
Hindu, Traditional Temples Hinduism Hinduism Family 3 2,531 1.41
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 11 2,419 1.34
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 24 2,381 1.32
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 15 2,298 1.28
Reform Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 3 2,086 1.16
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 24 2,062 1.15
Mennonite Church, USA Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 5 1,849 1.03
United House of Prayer Black Protestant 9 1,482 0.82
Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism Buddhism Family 1 1,296 0.72
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 5 1,172 0.65
Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 8 1,120 0.62
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Black Protestant Baptist Family 6 1,080 0.60
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 3 1,070 0.59
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 2 1,034 0.57
Association of Vineyard Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4 1,004 0.56
General Association of General Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 1,000 0.56
Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 1 950 0.53
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3 899 0.50
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 3 884 0.49
Open Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 790 0.44
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 765 0.43
Reformed Zion Union Apostolic Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 3 760 0.42
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 8 740 0.41
United Holy Church of America Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 15 639 0.36
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 600 0.33
Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 3 540 0.30
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 539 0.30
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 9 523 0.29
Ethiopian Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 500 0.28
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 2 499 0.28
Orthodox Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 2 480 0.27
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 3 433 0.24
Evangelical Friends Church International Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 8 423 0.24
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 1 350 0.19
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 340 0.19
Hindu Yoga and Meditation Hinduism 2 296 0.16
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 3 244 0.14
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 3 238 0.13
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 2 193 0.11
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 126 0.07
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant Other Groups Family 1 123 0.07
Free Methodist Church – USA Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 100 0.06
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 94 0.05
Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of the Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 90 0.05
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 85 0.05
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 70 0.04
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 60 0.03
Conservative Yearly Meetings of Friends Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 58 0.03
Friends United Meeting Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 2 57 0.03
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 47 0.03
Friends General Conference Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 44 0.02
Evangelical Covenant Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 1 38 0.02
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 34 0.02
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 20 0.01
Converge Worldwide Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
Christadelphians Other Christians Other Groups Family 3
Churches of Christ in Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1
American Sikh Council Other Other Groups Family 1
Church of God and Saints of Christ Other Christians Judaism Family 2
Christ's Sanctified Holy Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2
Anglican Catholic Church Other Christians Anglican/Episcopal Family 2
Christian Congregation in North America Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
The Church of God Evangelical Protestant 1
The Local Churches Evangelical Protestant 2
Bible Methodist Connection of Churches Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1
International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 1
ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Anglican Province of America Mainline Protestant 1
United Episcopal Church of North America Mainline Protestant 1
Orthodox Anglican Church Mainline Protestant 3
Grace Communion International Evangelical Protestant 1
Every Nation Evangelical Protestant 1
Chabad Judaism Judaism 2
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 2
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 6
Association of Messianic Congregations Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Calvary Chapel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Church of Christ (Holiness) U.S.A Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 5
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christians Christian Science Family 1
Unity Churches, Association of Other Christians Other Groups Family 2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 8
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 2
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 5
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 1
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 2
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1
National Spiritualist Association of Churches Other Spiritualist Family 1
New Apostolic Church USA Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 2
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 13
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this metro area was 1,799,674 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (787,600) included 43.8% of the total population in 2020. 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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