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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
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 42 14,579 179.45
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 36 7,089 87.26
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 25 6,007 73.94
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 23 15,551 191.41
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 17 3,942 48.52
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 800 9.85
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 1,338 16.47
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 7 1,080 13.29
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 680 8.37
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 658 8.10
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 1,262 15.53
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 695 8.55
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 472 5.81
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 634 7.80
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 194 2.39
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 584 7.19
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 146 1.80
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 206 2.54
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 50 0.62
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 115 1.42
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 146 1.80
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 29 0.36
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 0 0 0.00
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Jewish Other Judaism 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Totals: 204 56,257  

The population of Somerset County, Pennsylvania was 81,243 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (56,257) included 69.2% 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 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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