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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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 65 263,375 351.12
Jewish Other Judaism 28 59,550 79.39
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 50 43,735 58.31
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 31 16,964 22.62
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 33 16,214 21.62
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 34 15,485 20.64
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 36 15,447 20.59
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 32 12,850 17.13
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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6 6,530 8.71
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 27 6,334 8.44
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 13 3,065 4.09
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 2,415 3.22
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 16 1,995 2.66
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,311 1.75
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 10 1,294 1.73
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 7 1,156 1.54
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 1,110 1.48
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 980 1.31
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 954 1.27
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 900 1.20
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 8 845 1.13
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 616 0.82
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 598 0.80
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 575 0.77
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 572 0.76
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 544 0.73
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 454 0.61
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 451 0.60
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 413 0.55
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 400 0.53
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 376 0.50
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 348 0.46
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 240 0.32
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 225 0.30
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 208 0.28
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 180 0.24
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 155 0.21
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 147 0.20
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 144 0.19
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 121 0.16
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 2 116 0.15
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 113 0.15
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 84 0.11
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 80 0.11
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 80 0.11
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 76 0.10
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 70 0.09
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 65 0.09
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 50 0.07
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 50 0.07
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 40 0.05
Buddhists Other Other Groups 4 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Jain Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Totals: 485 480,100  

The population of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania was 750,097 in 2000; in 1990 it was 678,111. The total population changed 10.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (480,100) included 64.0% 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 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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