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Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

Religious Traditions, 2010

12,502 118 31,734 1,667 138,000 5,134 131,763
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 68 138,000 430.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 55 13,647 42.5
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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31 4,046 12.6
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 26 8,813 27.5
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 23 2,780 8.7
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 17 3,251 10.1
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 3,150 9.8
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 10 1,755 5.5
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 --- ---
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 9 1,088 3.4
Polish National Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 7 --- ---
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 1,184 3.7
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 6 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 6 890 2.8
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 6 315 1.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 231 0.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 191 0.6
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 1,111 3.5
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 324 1.0
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 611 1.9
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 526 1.6
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 2 1,045 3.3
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 290 0.9
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 111 0.3
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 2 1,626 5.1
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 2 960 3.0
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 2 489 1.5
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 118 0.4
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 127 0.4
American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 250 0.8
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 359 1.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 33 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 24 0.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 884 2.8
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 35 0.1
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 165 0.5
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 260 0.8
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 37 0.1
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 41 0.1
Georgian Orthodox Parishes in the United States Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 35 0.1
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Evangelical Protestant
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1 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 75 0.2
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 109 0.3
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 39 0.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 104 0.3
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 26 0.1
Totals: 355 189,155  

The population of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania was 320,918 in 2010; in 2000 it was 319,250. The total population changed 0.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (189,155) included 58.9% 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.