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Bedford County (Pennsylvania)

Religious Traditions, 2010

10,654 24 9,640 1,780 30 240 27,394
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
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 153 3.27
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 1,138 24.32
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 39 0.83
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 792 16.93
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 3 2,041 43.63
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 91 1.95
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 0 0 0.00
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 767 16.39
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 83 1.77
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 18 4,673 99.88
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 362 7.74
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 18 0.38
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 0 0 0.00
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 147 3.14
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 19 3,805 81.33
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 82 1.75
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 347 7.42
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 59 1.26
Mennonite Church, The General Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 174 3.72
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 581 12.42
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 63 1.35
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 129 2.76
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 228 4.87
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 25 3,669 78.42
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 39 5,933 126.82
Totals: 142 25,374  

The population of Bedford County, Pennsylvania was 46,784 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (25,374) included 54.2% 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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