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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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 150 598,322 354.4
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 71 30,668 18.2
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 63 30,325 18.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 89 26,403 15.6
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 64 26,350 15.6
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 75 23,861 14.1
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 8,791 5.2
Jewish Other Judaism 20 5,586 3.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 24 5,019 3.0
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 4,738 2.8
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 3,836 2.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 10 3,449 2.0
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 2,388 1.4
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 1,917 1.1
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 12 1,876 1.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 7 1,647 1.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 7 1,545 0.9
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,200 0.7
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 3 878 0.5
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 9 864 0.5
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 7 775 0.5
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 6 757 0.4
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 750 0.4
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 714 0.4
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 476 0.3
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 6 462 0.3
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 400 0.2
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 393 0.2
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 350 0.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 338 0.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 331 0.2
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 323 0.2
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 282 0.2
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 268 0.2
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 250 0.1
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 245 0.1
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 7 226 0.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 223 0.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 215 0.1
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 200 0.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 161 0.1
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 155 0.1
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist 1 119 0.1
Mennonite Church, The General Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 71 0.0
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 60 0.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 46 0.0
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints --- --- ---
Totals: 718 788,253  

The population of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania was 1,688,210 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (788,253) included 46.7% 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 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.


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