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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 % Change
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant +55 +1,065 n.a.
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant +14 +1,051 2145.0%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant -27 +3,952 3.0%
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church Orthodox +35 +8,652 n.a.
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant 0 +32 63.0%
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 0 -150 -12.0%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +83 +28,179 50.0%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +2 +148 n.a.
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant +4 +1,233 57.0%
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant +1 +715 52.0%
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant -1 -981 -40.0%
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant +16 +5,296 47.0%
Catholic Church Catholic -231 -78,920 -2.0%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant +20 +14,591 47.0%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -9 -2,995 -16.0%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +6 -5,549 -19.0%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 0 +37 16.0%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant +10 -8,807 -38.0%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +23 +8,245 95.0%
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant +1 +300 175.0%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant +41 +2,057 n.a.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +29 +13,220 74.0%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant +11 -10,813 -17.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant -1 -2,117 -7.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +17 +693 7.0%
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant +156 +22,692 n.a.
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant +7 +1,060 n.a.
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant -2 +1,435 18.0%
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant +11 +2,649 688.0%
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant +31 +3,172 n.a.
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant -2 -51,490 -31.0%
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant -1 +83 8.0%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +38 +12,640 480.0%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant -94 -154,794 -20.0%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +4 +1,063 n.a.
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant -33 -15,492 -70.0%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant +12 -1,087 -8.0%
General Six Principle Baptists Evangelical Protestant +1 +25 n.a.
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +37 +24,246 n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +17 +13,928 n.a.
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +51 +42,992 n.a.
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +10 +1,175 63.0%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +2 +472 41.0%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +81 +228,664 421.0%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant +1 -5,396 -20.0%
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant -2 -16 -2.0%
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant 0 -2,317 -19.0%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant -4 -2,458 -72.0%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant +3 +363 n.a.
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant +3 +979 57.0%
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant +173 +4,470 21.0%
Old Order River Brethren Evangelical Protestant +4 +477 n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese Orthodox +2 +750 n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox +7 +837 n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox +78 +12,382 n.a.
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant +17 +1,718 78.0%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant +2 +75 n.a.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant -78 -154,343 -32.0%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +49 +14,553 214.0%
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant -4 -5,292 -66.0%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant +4 -1,132 -26.0%
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant +1 +53 n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant +18 -11,663 -28.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +3 +2,385 17.0%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +146 +27,532 163.0%
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox +23 +9,737 1020.0%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology +1 +1,705 34.0%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -90 -60,073 -20.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -221 -126,803 -16.0%
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant +3 +46 12.0%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +92 +21,007 n.a.
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant -2 +78 17.0%
  Totals: 654 -157,779 -2.2%

The population of these 67 counties (or equivalents) in 1980 was 11,863,895; in 2000 it was 12,281,054. The total population changed 3.4%. The adherent totals for 1980 (7,156,968) represent 60.3% of the 1980 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (7,116,348) include 57.9% of the 2000 population. There is sufficient data for 72 groups to calculate 1980-2000 change. These 72 groups had 7,090,249 adherents in 1980 and 6,932,470 adherents in 2000, for a change of -2.2%

Sources

The 2000 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and includes statistics for 149 religious groups, including number of churches and adherents. Dale E. Jones, Sherri Doty, Clifford Grammich, James E. Horsch, Richard Houseal, Mac Lynn, John P. Marcum, Kenneth M. Sanchagrin and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Religious Congregations & Membership in the United States, 2000, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

The 1980 data were collected by the Glenmary Research Center and include statistics for 111 Judeo-Christian church bodies, including number of churches and adherents. Bernard Quinn, Herman Anderson, Martin Bradley, Paul Goetting and Peggy Shriver supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1980, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

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