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