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Berks County, Pennsylvania

Religious Traditions, 2010

33,376 1,062 80,575 2,275 75,672 3,996 214,486
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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 21 75,672 183.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 80 42,411 103.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 61 27,159 66.0
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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42 8,565 20.8
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 20 7,777 18.9
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 7,373 17.9
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 14 3,109 7.6
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 15 2,973 7.2
Bible Fellowship Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 2,718 6.6
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 2,037 5.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,695 4.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 1,618 3.9
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 6 1,591 3.9
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 18 1,281 3.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 1,267 3.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 996 2.4
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 812 2.0
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 767 1.9
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 643 1.6
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 621 1.5
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 618 1.5
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 1 570 1.4
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 549 1.3
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 490 1.2
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 383 0.9
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 382 0.9
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 3 330 0.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 258 0.6
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 248 0.6
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 235 0.6
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 200 0.5
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 200 0.5
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 200 0.5
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 183 0.4
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 180 0.4
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 160 0.4
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 143 0.3
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 116 0.3
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 85 0.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 83 0.2
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 64 0.2
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 1 60 0.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 54 0.1
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 0 31 0.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 30 0.1
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 1 10 0.0
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 9 0.0
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 0 ---
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 --- ---
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Evangelical Association of Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 8 --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Polish National Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 402 196,956  

The population of Berks County, Pennsylvania was 411,442 in 2010; in 2000 it was 373,638. The total population changed 10.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (196,956) included 47.9% 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.