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Somerset County, Pennsylvania

Denominational Groups, 2000

12,478 22,118 518 14,239 181 30,489
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
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 2 90 1.1
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church Orthodox 2 416 5.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 6 860 10.8
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 233 2.9
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant 3 289 3.6
Catholic Church Catholic 18 14,239 177.9
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 5 1,086 13.6
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 1 32 0.4
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 6 839 10.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 5 691 8.6
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 1 181 2.3
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 23 4,701 58.8
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 5 629 7.9
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 90 1.1
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant 5 721 9.0
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant 2 323 4.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 1 128 1.6
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 36 11,647 145.6
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 2 183 2.3
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 8 1,242 15.5
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 1 50 0.6
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 8 528 6.6
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 3 102 1.3
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 3 502 6.3
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 0 13 0.2
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 15 3,128 39.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 35 6,591 82.4
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 198 49,534  
Total (Adjusted)**:   55,043  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 78,218; in 2000 it was 80,023. The total population changed 2.3%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (49,534) include 61.9% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (55,043) include 68.8% 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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