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Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

Religious Traditions, 2010

114,439 56,766 102,627 11,276 378,561 80,599 781,738
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 29 9,226 6.0
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 641 0.4
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 86 58,161 38.1
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 --- ---
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 3,000 2.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 23 3,675 2.4
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 360 0.2
Bible Fellowship Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 41 0.0
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 --- ---
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 14 9,426 6.2
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 6 2,182 1.4
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 4 602 0.4
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 114 378,561 248.1
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 732 0.5
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 9 253 0.2
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 642 0.4
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 307 0.2
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 3 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 2,800 1.8
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 2,692 1.8
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 --- ---
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 23 8,181 5.4
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 773 0.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 9 6,803 4.5
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 143 0.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 249 0.2
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 0 ---
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 732 0.5
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 0 ---
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 42 0.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 --- ---
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 185 0.1
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 3 3,340 2.2
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 180 0.1
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 96 0.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 49 12,273 8.0
Eritrean Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 260 0.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 144 0.1
Evangelical Friends Church International* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 79 0.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 40 9,135 6.0
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 48 0.0
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 8 1,493 1.0
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 8 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Georgian Orthodox Parishes in the United States Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 275 0.2
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 4 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,200 0.8
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 4 3,612 2.4
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 3 50 0.0
Hindu, Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 12 0.0
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 500 0.3
International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Evangelical Protestant
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1 --- ---
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 105 0.1
Jain Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 25 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Korean-American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 6 435 0.3
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 1,548 1.0
Macedonian Orthodox Church: American Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 50 0.0
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 558 0.4
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 1,440 0.9
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 10 794 0.5
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 52 0.0
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 88 0.1
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 40 39,540 25.9
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 5 1,100 0.7
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 57 31,317 20.5
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 363 0.2
National Spiritualist Association of Churches Other Spiritualist 2 --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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179 48,950 32.1
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 1,302 0.9
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 5 1,668 1.1
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 18 9,250 6.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 347 0.2
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,400 0.9
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 --- ---
Polish National Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 52 6,813 4.5
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 18 5,362 3.5
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 16 5,296 3.5
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism 4 1,342 0.9
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 2 2,781 1.8
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 400 0.3
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 75 0.0
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 3,482 2.3
Schwenkfelder Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 60 0.0
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 350 0.2
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 64 0.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 22 5,604 3.7
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 128 33,026 21.6
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 600 0.4
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 3 778 0.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 18 3,845 2.5
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 13 --- ---
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 51 10,514 6.9
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 260 0.2
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 182 0.1
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 21 0.0
Totals: 1,292 744,268  

The population of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania was 1,526,006 in 2010; in 2000 it was 1,517,550. The total population changed 0.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (744,268) included 48.8% 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.