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Somerset County (Pennsylvania)

Religious Traditions, 2010

13,611 20,678 10,298 343 1,022 31,790
Evangelical 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 2 90 1.12
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 416 5.20
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 860 10.75
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 233 2.91
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 289 3.61
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 18 14,239 177.94
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 1,086 13.57
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 32 0.40
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 839 10.48
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 691 8.64
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 181 2.26
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 23 4,701 58.75
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 629 7.86
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 90 1.12
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 721 9.01
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 323 4.04
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 128 1.60
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 36 11,647 145.55
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 183 2.29
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 1,242 15.52
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 50 0.62
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 528 6.60
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 102 1.27
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 502 6.27
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 13 0.16
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 15 3,128 39.09
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 35 6,591 82.36
Totals: 198 49,534  

The population of Somerset County, Pennsylvania was 80,023 in 2000; in 1990 it was 78,218. The total population changed 2.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (49,534) included 61.9% 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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