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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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 15 2,503 7.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 1,625 4.7
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 262 0.8
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 132 190,942 556.6
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 399 1.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 2 708 2.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 4 1,269 3.7
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 223 0.6
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 3 250 0.7
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 199 0.6
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 12 3,996 11.6
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 128 0.4
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 26 11,938 34.8
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 681 2.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 33 0.1
Jewish Other Judaism 4 1,710 5.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 1,263 3.7
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 9 0.0
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 877 2.6
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 28 7,409 21.6
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 12 2,830 8.2
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 1,124 3.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 221 0.6
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 570 1.7
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 115 0.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 24 5,242 15.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 76 21,812 63.6
Totals: 386 258,338  

The population of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania was 343,079 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (258,338) included 75.3% of the total population in 1980.

* 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 for those who are interested in these trends.


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.

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