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Chester County, Pennsylvania

Denominational Groups, 2000

13,397 66,961 911 140,577 18,954 192,701
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
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Evangelical Protestant 2 609 1.6
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 18 5,594 14.9
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church Orthodox 1 321 0.9
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 12 1,353 3.6
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant n.a. 5,794 15.4
Catholic Church Catholic 31 94,255 250.4
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 2 59 0.2
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 2 300 0.8
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Theology 3 n.a. n.a.
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 3 172 0.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 5 1,628 4.3
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 2 209 0.6
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 4 906 2.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 7 511 1.4
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant 1 115 0.3
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 16 7,696 20.5
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 2 205 0.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 14 10,263 27.3
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 13 1,750 4.7
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant 5 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 1,475 3.9
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 1 146 0.4
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 3 25,235 67.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 1 417 1.1
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 18 2,347 6.2
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 2 183 0.5
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 5 750 2.0
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 31 15,919 42.3
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 4 637 1.7
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant 1 206 0.6
Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant 1 36 0.1
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 1 52 0.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 3 339 0.9
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 6 939 2.5
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 2 966 2.6
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 14 4,356 11.6
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 45 18,660 49.6
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 286 204,403  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 376,396. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (204,403) include 54.3% of the total population in 1990.

Source

The 1990 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 132 religious groups, including number of churches and adherents. Martin B. Bradley, Norman M. Green, Jr., Dale E. Jones, Mac Lynn, and Lou McNeil supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1990, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

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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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