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Religious Traditions, 2010

114,439 56,766 102,627 378,561 11,276 80,599 781,738
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 8 8,791 5.54
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 72 22,471 14.17
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 7,500 4.73
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 18 7,847 4.95
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 108,785 68.61
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 145 537,699 339.12
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 543 0.34
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 4 923 0.58
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 5 613 0.39
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 96 0.06
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 108 0.07
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 5 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 3,627 2.29
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 1,036 0.65
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 23 0.01
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 404 0.25
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 674 0.43
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 357 0.23
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 112 0.07
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 914 0.58
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 --- ---
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 268 0.17
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 67 24,450 15.42
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 58 22,564 14.23
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 9 1,672 1.05
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 10,900 6.87
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
5 2,025 1.28
Jewish Other Judaism 72 106,303 67.04
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 337 0.21
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 6 1,021 0.64
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 14 930 0.59
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 359 0.23
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 106 0.07
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 268 0.17
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America: Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 70 16,159 10.19
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 3,626 2.29
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 8 450 0.28
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 840 0.53
Schwenkfelder Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 0.00
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 42 0.03
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 17 5,611 3.54
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 16 3,157 1.99
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 500 0.32
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 3 811 0.51
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 23 4,373 2.76
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 80 23,426 14.77
Totals: 812 932,721  

The population of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania was 1,585,577 in 1990; in 1980 it was 1,688,210. The total population changed -6.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (932,721) included 58.8% of the total population in 1990.

* 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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