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Franklin County (Pennsylvania)

Religious Traditions, 2010

19,930 883 19,147 10,259 120 1,564 97,715
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
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 37 10,589 87.45
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 21 7,738 63.91
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 19 5,767 47.63
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 16 2,216 18.30
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 14 4,407 36.40
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 12 2,391 19.75
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 2,169 17.91
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 11 2,725 22.51
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 3,124 25.80
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 7 7,163 59.16
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 865 7.14
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 875 7.23
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 750 6.19
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 568 4.69
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 818 6.76
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 412 3.40
Old Order River Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 266 2.20
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 220 1.82
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 1,043 8.61
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 191 1.58
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 86 0.71
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
2 4,075 33.65
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 331 2.73
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 311 2.57
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 149 1.23
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 74 0.61
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 66 0.55
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 44 0.36
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 90 0.74
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 33 0.27
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 25 0.21
Jewish Other Judaism 1 470 3.88
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 55 0.45
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 240 1.98
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 535 4.42
Totals: 211 60,881  

The population of Franklin County, Pennsylvania was 121,082 in 1990; in 1980 it was 113,629. The total population changed 6.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (60,881) included 50.3% 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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