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Berks County, Pennsylvania

Denominational Groups, 2000

14,779 101,914 1,146 80,542 3,116 172,141
Evangelical Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational "adherents" include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The historically African American denominations are not included in the 2000 congregation and membership totals. Many are also missing in 1990 and most historically African American denominations are missing in the 1980 reports.
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Reports


Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 2 443 1.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 13 2,798 7.5
Bahá'í Other Theology 0 42 0.1
Catholic Church Catholic 24 80,542 215.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 65 0.2
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 3 172 0.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 5 1,383 3.7
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 1 120 0.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 2 726 1.9
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 4 1,080 2.9
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 4 641 1.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 4 260 0.7
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 350 0.9
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant 1 75 0.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 7 1,751 4.7
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 2 370 1.0
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 82 52,946 141.7
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 1 130 0.4
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 3 750 2.0
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 800 2.1
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 4 2,200 5.9
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 22 2,733 7.3
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 8 466 1.3
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 224 0.6
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant 1 194 0.5
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 1 62 0.2
Old Order Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 4 746 2.0
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox 1 25 0.1
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 1 371 1.0
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 203 0.5
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 4 1,510 4.0
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 3 345 0.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 8 1,425 3.8
Sikh Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 3 461 1.2
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 1 148 0.4
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 71 36,637 98.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 21 8,303 22.2
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 0 0.0
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 320 201,497  
Total (Adjusted)**:   228,262  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 336,523; in 2000 it was 373,638. The total population changed 11.0%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (201,497) include 53.9% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (228,262) include 61.1% of the population.

Source

*The “Unadjusted Totals” come from the 1990 and 2000 data collected by representatives of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). While quite comprehensive, this data excludes most of the historically African-American denominations and some other major groups. As a result, these numbers will be an underestimate of the total adherence rate, particularly in areas with a large African-American population. The 2000 data included 149 religious groups and the final results are published in Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Copyright © 2002, All rights reserved. The 1990 data included 132 groups and the final results are published in Churches and Church Membership in the United States 1990 Copyright © 1990, All rights reserved. Published by Glenmary Research Center, 1312 Fifth Ave., North, Nashville, TN 37208. www.glenmary.org [More information on the data collection]

**The “Adjusted Totals” include all adherents in the denominations counted by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and estimates adherent totals for the historically African-American denominations and other religious groups not listed in the ASARB totals. An article by Roger Finke and Christopher P. Scheitle (2005) reviews how these estimates were computed.

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2000 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of approximately 8 (8.1) in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County are Episcopalian.

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