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Chester County, Pennsylvania

Religious Traditions, 2010

31,520 4,271 60,921 675 212,113 6,090 183,296
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 11 1,607 3.2
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 492 1.0
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 3 691 1.4
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 3 864 1.7
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 617 1.2
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 0 ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 33 212,113 425.2
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 16 2,580 5.2
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 --- ---
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 76 0.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 1,707 3.4
Bible Fellowship Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 134 0.3
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 161 0.3
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 31 0.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 250 0.5
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 610 1.2
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 911 1.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 418 0.8
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 830 1.7
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 897 1.8
Free Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 --- ---
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 31 0.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 468 0.9
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 7 884 1.8
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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63 17,153 34.4
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 151 0.3
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 1,431 2.9
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 227 0.5
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 265 0.5
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 1,238 2.5
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 1,067 2.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 15 4,015 8.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 15 6,765 13.6
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 16 11,169 22.4
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 95 0.2
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 17 2,266 4.5
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 4 --- ---
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 28 14,248 28.6
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 13 3,432 6.9
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 46 18,931 37.9
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 325 0.7
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 100 0.2
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 50 0.1
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 200 0.4
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 149 0.3
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 1 20 0.0
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 3 --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 1,213 2.4
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 4 1,898 3.8
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 5 --- ---
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 2 913 1.8
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 1 60 0.1
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 437 0.9
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist 1 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 4 1,378 2.8
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 22 0.0
Totals: 410 315,590  

The population of Chester County, Pennsylvania was 498,886 in 2010; in 2000 it was 433,501. The total population changed 15.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (315,590) included 63.3% 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.