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Pennsylvania - State Membership Report (2000)

Exact definitions of "congregations" and "adherents" vary by religious body. Congregations may be parishes, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, or another site where a religious body has regularly scheduled worship services. Adherents generally are members, children who are not members, and others who are not members but are considered participants in the congregation.

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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 1,624 3,802,524 309.63
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 2,442 659,350 53.69
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 1,343 611,913 49.83
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1,083 324,714 26.44
Jewish Congregations Judaism Judaism Family 197 283,000 23.04
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 735 241,844 19.69
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 435 132,858 10.82
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 413 116,511 9.49
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 374 84,153 6.85
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 57 71,190 5.80
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 236 52,684 4.29
Mennonite Church, USA Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 319 48,215 3.93
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 254 45,926 3.74
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 226 44,432 3.62
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 51 42,992 3.50
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 102 31,032 2.53
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 99 30,153 2.46
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 156 27,492 2.24
Old Order Amish Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 306 25,340 2.06
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 37 24,246 1.97
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 128 23,938 1.95
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 156 22,692 1.85
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 94 21,350 1.74
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 88 21,015 1.71
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 92 21,007 1.71
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 112 16,918 1.38
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 117 16,766 1.37
Brethren in Christ Church Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 102 16,618 1.35
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 62 15,833 1.29
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 58 15,273 1.24
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 96 14,425 1.17
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 17 13,928 1.13
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 78 12,382 1.01
Old Order Mennonite Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 61 12,246 1.00
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 92 11,844 0.96
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 25 10,692 0.87
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 64 10,320 0.84
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 137 10,097 0.82
Moravian Church in America (Unitas Fratrum), Northern Province Mainline Protestant 26 10,093 0.82
Conservative Baptist Association of America (CBAmerica) Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 57 9,256 0.75
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 20 8,938 0.73
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 105 8,718 0.71
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 35 8,652 0.70
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 36 6,778 0.55
Free Methodist Church – USA Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 99 6,741 0.55
Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 10 5,642 0.46
Armenian Apostolic Church (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 3 5,260 0.43
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 35 3,919 0.32
Converge Worldwide Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 16 3,407 0.28
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 11 3,204 0.26
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 31 3,172 0.26
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 24 3,044 0.25
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 15 3,034 0.25
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 13 2,700 0.22
Primitive Methodist Church in the U.S.A. Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 44 2,669 0.22
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 15 2,090 0.17
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 41 2,057 0.17
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 3 1,646 0.13
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 16 1,624 0.13
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 10 1,584 0.13
Brethren Church (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 18 1,485 0.12
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 16 1,436 0.12
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 2 1,361 0.11
Evangelical Covenant Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 13 1,149 0.09
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Vasiloupolis Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 3 1,113 0.09
American Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 16 1,100 0.09
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection (Original Allegheny Conference) Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 55 1,065 0.09
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 4 1,063 0.09
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 7 1,060 0.09
Armenian Apostolic Church (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 1,050 0.09
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 5 1,022 0.08
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 15 955 0.08
Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 4 900 0.07
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 4 873 0.07
Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America (Diocese of the Orthodox Church in America) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 7 837 0.07
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 800 0.07
Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese of the Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 750 0.06
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 8 682 0.06
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 9 660 0.05
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 4 531 0.04
Old Order Yorker River Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 4 477 0.04
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 4 471 0.04
Association of Vineyard Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 5 426 0.03
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant Other Groups Family 5 420 0.03
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 3 363 0.03
Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of the Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 350 0.03
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 1 286 0.02
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2 268 0.02
Bruderhof Evangelical Protestant Communal Family 2 264 0.02
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada, and Australia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 220 0.02
Macedonian Orthodox Church: American-Canadian Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 200 0.02
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 182 0.01
Reformed Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 3 158 0.01
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2 148 0.01
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 122 0.01
Apostolic Christian Church (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 2 83 0.01
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 75 0.01
Apostolic Christian Church of America Evangelical Protestant Froehlich Churches Family 1 74 0.01
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 53 0.00
General Six-Principle Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 25 0.00
Buddhists Buddhism Buddhism Family 30
Calvary Chapel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 12
Hindus Hinduism Hinduism Family 18
Jain Other Other Groups Family 7
Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 4
Reformed Baptist Church Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 16
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A. Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 8
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 11
Serbian Metropolitanate of New Gracanica Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 4
American Sikh Council Other Other Groups Family 6
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 14
Tao Other Other Groups Family 1
Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America Other Other Groups Family 2
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this state was 12,281,054 in 2000. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (7,116,698) included 57.9% of the total population in 2000. The adherence rate is the number of adherents of a given group per 1,000 people in the general population.

Note that data collection methods for religious bodies change over time, affecting the comparability of statistics. For further information, see the U.S. Religion Census website at https://www.usreligioncensus.org/.

The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 372 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 155.

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