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Northampton County (Pennsylvania)

Religious Traditions, 2010

17,794 156 54,336 81,456 2,200 2,817 138,976
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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 35 66,445 268.89
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 47 32,575 131.83
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 33 18,920 76.57
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 23 7,480 30.27
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 6,029 24.40
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 5,893 23.85
Jewish Other Judaism 4 3,496 14.15
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 5 2,805 11.35
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 1,371 5.55
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 1,260 5.10
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 1,250 5.06
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 1,095 4.43
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 1,092 4.42
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 753 3.05
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 668 2.70
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 561 2.27
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 385 1.56
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 378 1.53
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 300 1.21
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 266 1.08
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 263 1.06
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 255 1.03
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 232 0.94
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 142 0.57
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 92 0.37
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 44 0.18
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 0 0.00
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 3 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Totals: 216 154,050  

The population of Northampton County, Pennsylvania was 247,105 in 1990; in 1980 it was 225,418. The total population changed 9.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (154,050) included 62.3% of the total population in 1990.

* 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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