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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 24 0.48
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 30 0.60
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 1,039 20.88
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 5 0.10
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 96 1.93
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 3 1,780 35.77
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 102 2.05
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 143 2.87
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 1,188 23.87
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 235 4.72
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 19 3,304 66.40
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 190 3.82
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 467 9.38
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 159 3.20
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 48 0.96
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 15 2,499 50.22
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 63 1.27
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 4 --- ---
Grace Gospel Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 2 --- ---
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 71 1.43
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
19 3,588 72.10
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 423 8.50
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 60 1.21
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 131 2.63
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 116 2.33
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 1,706 34.28
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 35 4,901 98.49
Totals: 152 22,368  

The population of Bedford County, Pennsylvania was 49,762 in 2010; in 2000 it was 49,984. The total population changed -0.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (22,368) included 44.9% of the total population in 2010.

* 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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