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Fayette County, Pennsylvania

Religious Traditions, 2010

13,148 931 20,117 344 24,544 1,434 76,088
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic 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 57 13,442 84.3
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 45 56,515 354.5
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 28 7,602 47.7
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 15 3,265 20.5
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 13 2,658 16.7
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 12 2,088 13.1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 8 3,573 22.4
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 8 1,569 9.8
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 7 4,472 28.1
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 712 4.5
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 627 3.9
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 760 4.8
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 369 2.3
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 321 2.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 497 3.1
Evangelical Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 363 2.3
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 280 1.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 2 235 1.5
Jewish Other Judaism 2 184 1.2
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 299 1.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 163 1.0
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 503 3.2
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 154 1.0
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 132 0.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 152 1.0
Church of Jesus Christ, The (Bickertonites) Other Latter-day Saints 1 83 0.5
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 16 0.1
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 342 2.1
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 35 0.2
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 158 1.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 73 0.5
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Totals: 241 101,642  

The population of Fayette County, Pennsylvania was 159,417 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (101,642) included 63.8% 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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