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Montgomery County (Pennsylvania)

Religious Traditions, 2010

54,215 3,190 103,475 301,220 2,945 43,532 291,297
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 0 0 0.00
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 34 12,225 18.99
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 1,132 1.76
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 393 0.61
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 61 209,341 325.26
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 264 0.41
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 350 0.54
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 519 0.81
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 90 0.14
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,274 1.98
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 9 1,753 2.72
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 1,618 2.51
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 294 0.46
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 531 0.83
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 0 0 0.00
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 36 21,777 33.84
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 1,341 2.08
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 50 51,002 79.24
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 168 0.26
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 11 2,662 4.14
General Church of the New Jerusalem Other Spiritualist 1 956 1.49
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 348 0.54
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 0 0 0.00
Jewish Other Judaism 16 13,326 20.70
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 489 0.76
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 22 3,593 5.58
Mennonite Church, The General Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 2,113 3.28
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 640 0.99
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 32 26,991 41.94
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,443 2.24
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 310 0.48
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 585 0.91
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 380 0.59
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 51 0.08
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 618 0.96
Schwenkfelder Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 0 0 0.00
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 7 900 1.40
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 654 1.02
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 80 0.12
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 37 19,805 30.77
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 34 18,454 28.67
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 65 0.10
Totals: 430 398,535  

The population of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania was 643,621 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (398,535) included 61.9% of the total population in 1980.

* 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.


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