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Perry County, Pennsylvania

Denominational Groups, 2000

3,313 10,898   1,860 291 27,240
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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Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 3 722 16.6
Bahá'í Other Theology 0 5 0.1
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 4 207 4.8
Catholic Church Catholic 4 1,860 42.7
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 2 677 15.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 1 33 0.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 1 286 6.6
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 2 193 4.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 14 0.3
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant 10 753 17.3
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 119 2.7
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant 1 57 1.3
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 1 107 2.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 15 3,609 82.8
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 3 254 5.8
Old Order Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 1 110 2.5
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 1 37 0.9
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 4 788 18.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 1 68 1.6
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 11 1,306 30.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 29 5,088 116.7
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 69 1.6
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 97 16,362  
Total (Adjusted)**:   18,027  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 41,172; in 2000 it was 43,602. The total population changed 5.9%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (16,362) include 37.5% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (18,027) include 41.3% of the population.


*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. [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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