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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
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 1 63 0.2
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 19 6,611 15.3
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church Orthodox 1 207 0.5
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 2 213 0.5
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 8 1,784 4.1
Bahá'í Other Theology 1 108 0.3
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 1 98 0.2
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 31 140,577 324.3
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 2 219 0.5
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 69 0.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 4 341 0.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 5 1,801 4.2
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 4 714 1.7
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 4 720 1.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 6 463 1.1
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 40 0.1
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant 1 126 0.3
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 16 8,252 19.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 3 548 1.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 16 10,906 25.2
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 21 2,773 6.4
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 1,300 3.0
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 1 136 0.3
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 1 239 0.6
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 3 10,100 23.3
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 2 335 0.8
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 18 1,898 4.4
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 4 503 1.2
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 4 5,823 13.4
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 12 1,128 2.6
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 1 335 0.8
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 2 366 0.8
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 31 16,019 37.0
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 4 944 2.2
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant 1 61 0.1
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 1 220 0.5
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 2 303 0.7
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 6 805 1.9
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox 1 369 0.9
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 3 1,122 2.6
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 13 4,532 10.5
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 44 17,629 40.7
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 0 0.0
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 311 240,800  
Total (Adjusted)**:   277,628  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 376,396; in 2000 it was 433,501. The total population changed 15.2%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (240,800) include 55.5% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (277,628) include 64.0% 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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