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Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

44,186 1,132 145,769 5,239 190,201 24,795 409,851
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 77 190,201 231.6
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 121 62,389 76.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 87 38,350 46.7
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 55 19,959 24.3
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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66 15,947 19.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 32 11,840 14.4
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 2 10,862 13.2
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 14 5,846 7.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 23 5,411 6.6
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 6 5,126 6.2
Bible Fellowship Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness 13 4,001 4.9
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 16 3,365 4.1
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 19 3,362 4.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 6 2,724 3.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 2,501 3.0
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 3 2,133 2.6
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 2,023 2.5
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 3 1,728 2.1
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,710 2.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 8 1,661 2.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,600 1.9
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 6 1,596 1.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 12 1,460 1.8
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 1,291 1.6
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 1,238 1.5
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 1,018 1.2
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 1,008 1.2
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 950 1.2
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 915 1.1
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 3 800 1.0
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 668 0.8
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 586 0.7
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 2 500 0.6
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 488 0.6
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 478 0.6
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 474 0.6
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 465 0.6
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 414 0.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 382 0.5
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 366 0.4
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 365 0.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 353 0.4
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism 2 302 0.4
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 291 0.4
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 267 0.3
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 194 0.2
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 183 0.2
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 161 0.2
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 158 0.2
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 152 0.2
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 150 0.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 138 0.2
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 2 132 0.2
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 113 0.1
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 109 0.1
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 100 0.1
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 99 0.1
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 1 78 0.1
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 55 0.1
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 42 0.1
Hindu, Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 12 0.0
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 1 11 0.0
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 11 0.0
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 10 0.0
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 0 ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 --- ---
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Evangelical Association of Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Free Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 --- ---
Grace Gospel Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Hungarian Reformed Churches (Additional) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 --- ---
Jain Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 19 --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Polish National Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 --- ---
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Totals: 745 411,322  

The population of the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 821,173 in 2010; in 2000 it was 740,395. The total population changed 10.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (411,322) included 50.1% of the total population in 2010.

Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 4 counties: Carbon County, Pennsylvania, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, Warren County, New Jersey.

* 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.