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Luzerne County (Pennsylvania)

Religious Traditions, 2010

12,502 118 31,734 138,000 1,667 5,134 131,763
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic Orthodox 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
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 11 1,466 4.59
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 207 0.65
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 918 2.88
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 2,335 7.31
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 18 0.06
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 34 0.11
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 108 132,599 415.35
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 313 0.98
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 676 2.12
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 1,449 4.54
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 485 1.52
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 201 0.63
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 582 1.82
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 169 0.53
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 10 2,297 7.19
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 500 1.57
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 26 9,895 30.99
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 94 0.29
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 182 0.57
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 125 0.39
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 483 1.51
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 120 0.38
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 38 0.12
Jewish Other Judaism 6 3,500 10.96
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 1,141 3.57
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 128 0.40
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 0 0.00
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 609 1.91
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 160 0.50
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 6 1,348 4.22
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 250 0.78
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 25 4,393 13.76
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 667 2.09
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 611 1.91
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 191 0.60
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 589 1.84
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 60 0.19
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 19 3,858 12.08
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 70 19,554 61.25
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 0 0.00
Totals: 362 192,245  

The population of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania was 319,250 in 2000; in 1990 it was 328,149. The total population changed -2.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (192,245) included 60.2% of the total population in 2000.

* 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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