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