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Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

378,655 106,037 531,035 25,055 1,997,829 222,500 2,704,232
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
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 21 0.0
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 17 12,508 2.4
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 201 71,916 13.7
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,200 0.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 69 13,340 2.5
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 124 0.0
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 117 0.0
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 524 0.1
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 478 1,766,131 337.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 20 1,636 0.3
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 24 2,230 0.4
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 9 1,243 0.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 412 0.1
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 7,963 1.5
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 139 0.0
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 15 3,975 0.8
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 28 1,812 0.3
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 18 6,181 1.2
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 22 3,566 0.7
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 30 6,585 1.3
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 33 3,355 0.6
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 32 6,429 1.2
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 155 0.0
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 610 0.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 248 125,339 23.9
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 132 0.0
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 1,341 0.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 131 0.0
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 238 162,466 31.0
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 177 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 168 0.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 83 14,771 2.8
General Church of the New Jerusalem Other Spiritualist 1 956 0.2
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 6 796 0.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 44 0.0
Jewish Other Judaism 62 28,637 5.5
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 4 769 0.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 24 8,444 1.6
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 67 8,227 1.6
Mennonite Church, The General Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 15 4,292 0.8
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 225 0.0
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 1,094 0.2
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 282 0.1
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 400 0.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 15 1,880 0.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 274 139,861 26.7
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 28 5,137 1.0
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 9 977 0.2
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 4,816 0.9
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 17 1,886 0.4
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 118 0.0
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 750 0.1
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 15 7,464 1.4
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 42 7,780 1.5
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 38 12,001 2.3
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist 2 191 0.0
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 476 0.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 14 3,468 0.7
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 100 38,782 7.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 506 189,214 36.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 151 0.0
Totals: 2,877 2,685,815  

The population of the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 5,240,039 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,685,815) included 51.3% of the total population in 1980.

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 11 counties: Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Burlington County, New Jersey, Camden County, New Jersey, Cecil County, Maryland, Chester County, Pennsylvania, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, Gloucester County, New Jersey, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, New Castle County, Delaware, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, Salem 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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