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Pennsylvania

Denominational Groups, 2000

706,904 2,131,472 81,864 3,802,524 393,584 5,164,706
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
Catholic Church Catholic 1,624 3,802,524 309.6
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 2,442 659,350 53.7
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 1,343 611,913 49.8
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 1,083 324,714 26.4
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 197 283,000 23.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 735 241,844 19.7
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 435 132,858 10.8
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 413 116,511 9.5
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 374 84,153 6.9
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 57 71,190 5.8
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 236 52,684 4.3
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 319 48,215 3.9
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 254 45,926 3.7
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 226 44,432 3.6
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 51 42,992 3.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 102 31,032 2.5
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 99 30,153 2.5
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 156 27,492 2.2
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 306 25,340 2.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 37 24,246 2.0
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 128 23,938 2.0
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant 156 22,692 1.9
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 94 21,350 1.7
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 92 21,007 1.7
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 88 21,015 1.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 112 16,918 1.4
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 117 16,766 1.4
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 102 16,618 1.4
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 62 15,833 1.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 58 15,273 1.2
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 96 14,425 1.2
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 17 13,928 1.1
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 78 12,382 1.0
Old Order Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 61 12,246 1.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 92 11,844 1.0
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox 25 10,692 0.9
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 64 10,320 0.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 137 10,097 0.8
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant 26 10,093 0.8
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 57 9,256 0.8
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 20 8,938 0.7
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 105 8,718 0.7
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church Orthodox 35 8,652 0.7
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 99 6,741 0.6
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 36 6,778 0.6
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 10 5,642 0.5
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 3 5,260 0.4
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 35 3,919 0.3
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 16 3,407 0.3
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant 31 3,172 0.3
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 11 3,204 0.3
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 15 3,034 0.3
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 24 3,044 0.3
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 13 2,700 0.2
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant 44 2,669 0.2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 41 2,057 0.2
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 15 2,090 0.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 16 1,624 0.1
Bahá'í Other Theology 10 1,584 0.1
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 3 1,646 0.1
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant 18 1,485 0.1
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 16 1,436 0.1
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 2 1,361 0.1
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant 7 1,060 0.1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 4 1,063 0.1
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 13 1,149 0.1
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 1 1,050 0.1
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 16 1,100 0.1
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant 55 1,065 0.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Vasiloupulis Orthodox 3 1,113 0.1
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 15 955 0.1
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant 5 1,022 0.1
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox 7 837 0.1
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox 2 800 0.1
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 4 873 0.1
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, American Diocese of the Orthodox 4 900 0.1
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 8 682 0.1
Orthodox Church in America: Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese Orthodox 2 750 0.1
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 9 660 0.1
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 4 471 0.0
Old Order River Brethren Evangelical Protestant 4 477 0.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 4 531 0.0
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 5 420 0.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 3 363 0.0
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 5 426 0.0
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 2 268 0.0
Bruderhof Communities, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 2 264 0.0
Bulgarian Orthodox Diocese of the USA Orthodox 1 220 0.0
Macedonian Orthodox Church: American Diocese Orthodox 1 200 0.0
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant 1 286 0.0
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 2 75 0.0
Reformed Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant 3 158 0.0
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 1 74 0.0
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant 2 83 0.0
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 2 148 0.0
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 1 122 0.0
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox 2 182 0.0
General Six Principle Baptists Evangelical Protestant 1 25 0.0
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant 1 53 0.0
Buddhism Other Theology 30 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 12 n.a. n.a.
Tao Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 14 n.a. n.a.
Sikh Other Theology 6 n.a. n.a.
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA (New Gracanica Metropolitanate) Orthodox 4 n.a. n.a.
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 11 n.a. n.a.
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 16 n.a. n.a.
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 4 n.a. n.a.
Hindu Other Theology 18 n.a. n.a.
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 8 n.a. n.a.
Zoroastrian Other Theology 2 n.a. n.a.
Jain Other Theology 7 n.a. n.a.
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 13,104 7,116,348  
Total (Adjusted)**:   8,448,193  
The population of these 67 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 11,881,643; in 2000 it was 12,281,054. The total population changed 3.4%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (7,116,348) include 57.9% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (8,448,193) include 68.8% 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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