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Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

Denominational Groups, 2000

61,574 110,373 14,189 491,652 131,849 707,913
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 84 43,989 29.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 1 1,050 0.7
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 1 4,200 2.8
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 24 3,674 2.4
Bahá'í Other Theology 1 298 0.2
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 60 0.0
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 2 144 0.1
Buddhism Other Theology 11 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 131 491,652 324.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 7 389 0.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 2 71 0.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 3 147 0.1
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 1 141 0.1
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 15 4,190 2.8
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 14 1,849 1.2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 7 357 0.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 4 1,828 1.2
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 2 149 0.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 4 167 0.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 9 712 0.5
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 23 0.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 6 520 0.3
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 3 369 0.2
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 1 122 0.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 68 15,102 10.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 1 125 0.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 49 15,462 10.2
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 8 1,048 0.7
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 236 0.2
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 2 2,343 1.5
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Vasiloupulis Orthodox 1 145 0.1
Hindu Other Theology 3 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 2,800 1.9
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 5 8,034 5.3
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 1 95 0.1
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 1,310 0.9
Jain Other Theology 2 n.a. n.a.
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 44 86,600 57.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 5 665 0.4
Macedonian Orthodox Church: American Diocese Orthodox 1 200 0.1
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox 2 800 0.5
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, American Diocese of the Orthodox 4 900 0.6
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 15 1,249 0.8
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 2 24 0.0
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant 2 233 0.2
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 26 42,397 27.9
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant 1 286 0.2
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 5 1,277 0.8
Orthodox Church in America: Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese Orthodox 2 750 0.5
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 3 1,401 0.9
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 4 387 0.3
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 2 n.a. n.a.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 60 10,309 6.8
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 9 4,361 2.9
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant 1 61 0.0
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 16 4,396 2.9
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 1 300 0.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 12 4,355 2.9
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 79 18,650 12.3
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox 2 2,100 1.4
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 3 726 0.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 20 4,696 3.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 66 19,411 12.8
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 1 52 0.0
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 250 0.2
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 875 809,637  
Total (Adjusted)**:   1,311,810  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 1,585,577; in 2000 it was 1,517,550. The total population changed -4.3%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (809,637) include 53.4% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (1,311,810) include 86.4% 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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