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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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 556 0.9
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 8 1,815 2.9
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 11 0.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 2,200 3.5
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 94 187,653 295.3
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 633 1.0
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 210 0.3
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 177 0.3
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 60 0.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 67 0.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 781 1.2
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 71 0.1
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 1,397 2.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 5 435 0.7
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 413 0.6
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 23 10,848 17.1
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 24 6,740 10.6
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 703 1.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 132 95,603 150.4
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 129 0.2
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 138 0.2
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 207 0.3
Jewish Other Judaism 9 9,312 14.7
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 1,378 2.2
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 531 0.8
Mennonite Church, The General Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 430 0.7
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 0 50 0.1
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 34 0.1
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 16 8,526 13.4
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 399 0.6
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 278 0.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 44 20,996 33.0
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 104 0.2
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 350 0.6
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 4 0.0
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 1,573 2.5
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 8 882 1.4
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 249 0.4
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 840 1.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 295 0.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 109 57,472 90.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 70 20,137 31.7
Totals: 624 434,687  

The population of the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 635,481 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (434,687) included 68.4% of the total population in 1980.

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 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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