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Erie County, New York

Religious Traditions, 2010

49,435 24,192 62,675 4,103 352,894 34,076 391,665
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational adherents include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The 2010 reports contain incomplete counts of congregations and adherents belonging to the eight largest historically African-American denominations. These denominations are not included in the 2000 reports and are largely missing from the 1990 and 1980 reports.
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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 835 0.9
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 1,855 2.0
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 25 7,803 8.5
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 85 0.1
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 20 6,313 6.9
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 3 407 0.4
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 4 2,321 2.5
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 2 105 0.1
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 109 352,894 384.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 1,076 1.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 7 543 0.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 3 573 0.6
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 626 0.7
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 4 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 0 ---
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 258 0.3
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 23 4,187 4.6
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 95 0.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 2,248 2.4
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 349 0.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 5 688 0.7
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 158 0.2
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 64 0.1
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 2 1,742 1.9
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 30 7,048 7.7
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 81 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 165 0.2
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 34 15,244 16.6
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 583 0.6
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 707 0.8
Free Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 155 0.2
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 9 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 2,200 2.4
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 1 250 0.3
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 3 1,102 1.2
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 2 1,600 1.7
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 15 0.0
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Evangelical Protestant
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1 --- ---
Jain Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 13 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 23 8,704 9.5
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 716 0.8
Macedonian Orthodox Church: American Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 398 0.4
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 287 0.3
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 13 16,961 18.5
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 239 0.3
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 15 10,307 11.2
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 179 0.2
National Spiritualist Association of Churches Other Spiritualist 1 --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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61 18,962 20.6
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 662 0.7
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 150 0.2
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 7 1,000 1.1
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Polish National Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 34 8,886 9.7
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 159 0.2
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 5,964 6.5
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism 1 932 1.0
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 3 4,250 4.6
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 75 0.1
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 930 1.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 881 1.0
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 17 1,417 1.5
Tao Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 250 0.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 4 991 1.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 32 8,236 9.0
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 44 14,760 16.1
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 47 0.1
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 10 6,486 7.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 162 0.2
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 9 0.0
Totals: 689 527,375  

The population of Erie County, New York was 919,040 in 2010; in 2000 it was 950,265. The total population changed -3.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (527,375) included 57.4% of the total population in 2010.

* In an effort to better match the ASARB standards for adherents, a few religious bodies changed the way their adherents were reported in 2010, including the Catholic Church, Amish groups, Friends groups, Jewish groups, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Non-denominational Christian Churches, and the United Methodist Church. This change does not affect any of the data in the newly released 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. In fact, the data for these groups are now more comparable to that of other bodies than it was in previous decadal reports.

However, the change in methodology can distort assessments on growth or decline between 2000 and 2010 for each of these groups. County-level 2000 data using the new methodology are not readily available. ASARB staff has adjusted some 2000 county-level adherent statistics to allow for a more accurate picture on growth or decline. The revised maps and charts are now available on-line at www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

2010 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 236 religious groups, providing information on the number of their congregations and adherents within each state and county in the United States. Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E. Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study, published by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). [More information on the data collection]

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2010 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of 7.6 in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that about 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County were Episcopalian.


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