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