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Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

Religious Traditions, 2010

20,644 854 64,308 2,625 68,213 19,776 173,077
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 27 68,213 195.2
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 51 28,856 82.6
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 46 22,378 64.0
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 2 10,862 31.1
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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36 8,939 25.6
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 5,943 17.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 3,797 10.9
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 4 3,252 9.3
Bible Fellowship Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 2,726 7.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,862 5.3
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 9 1,741 5.0
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,710 4.9
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 1,486 4.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 1,430 4.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 6 1,322 3.8
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 1 1,272 3.6
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 1,195 3.4
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 1,183 3.4
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 2 800 2.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 728 2.1
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 700 2.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 656 1.9
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 488 1.4
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 415 1.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 388 1.1
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 381 1.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 365 1.0
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 351 1.0
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 341 1.0
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 300 0.9
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 261 0.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 219 0.6
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 185 0.5
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 183 0.5
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 183 0.5
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 161 0.5
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism 1 151 0.4
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 150 0.4
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 150 0.4
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 146 0.4
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 138 0.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 100 0.3
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 65 0.2
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 61 0.2
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 58 0.2
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 55 0.2
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 38 0.1
Hindu, Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 12 0.0
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 1 11 0.0
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 10 0.0
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 3 0.0
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Free Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 7 --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 296 176,420  

The population of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania was 349,497 in 2010; in 2000 it was 312,090. The total population changed 12.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (176,420) included 50.5% 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.