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Erie County, Pennsylvania

Religious Traditions, 2010

23,687 2,423 32,928 815 93,998 4,429 122,286
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
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 44 15,448 55.1
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 40 93,998 335.0
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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23 4,856 17.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 22 7,595 27.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 21 5,534 19.7
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 4,533 16.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 3,910 13.9
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 11 --- ---
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 10 2,494 8.9
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 10 1,410 5.0
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 958 3.4
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 5 --- ---
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 597 2.1
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 1,230 4.4
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 4 1,449 5.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 290 1.0
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 379 1.4
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 163 0.6
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 706 2.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 1,525 5.4
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 805 2.9
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 3 1,826 6.5
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 298 1.1
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 83 0.3
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 362 1.3
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 190 0.7
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 15 0.1
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 242 0.9
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 99 0.4
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 4,176 14.9
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 166 0.6
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 319 1.1
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 72 0.3
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 100 0.4
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 155 0.6
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 --- ---
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 50 0.2
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 1 57 0.2
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 1 72 0.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 128 0.5
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 43 0.2
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 188 0.7
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 158 0.6
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 1 119 0.4
Evangelical Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 --- ---
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 100 0.4
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 300 1.1
International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Evangelical Protestant
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1 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 175 0.6
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 36 0.1
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 130 0.5
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 25 0.1
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 481 1.7
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 150 0.5
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 60 0.2
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 25 0.1
Totals: 312 158,280  

The population of Erie County, Pennsylvania was 280,566 in 2010; in 2000 it was 280,843. The total population changed -0.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (158,280) included 56.4% 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.