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Franklin County (Pennsylvania)

Religious Traditions, 2010

19,930 883 19,147 10,259 120 1,564 97,715
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 1 311 2.74
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 7 6,713 59.08
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 49 0.43
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 1,872 16.47
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 44 0.39
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 127 1.12
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 10 1,320 11.62
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 136 1.20
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 300 2.64
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 549 4.83
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 9 2,785 24.51
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 0 0.00
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 13 0.11
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 0 0 0.00
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 110 0.97
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 0 0 0.00
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
0 0 0.00
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 17 1,746 15.37
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 157 1.38
Old Order River Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 0 0 0.00
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 187 1.65
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 338 2.97
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 460 4.05
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 126 1.11
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 753 6.63
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 21 8,521 74.99
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 29 0.26
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 357 3.14
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 3,263 28.72
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 17 5,177 45.56
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 36 11,608 102.16
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 519 4.57
Jewish Other Judaism 1 67 0.59
Totals: 169 47,637  

The population of Franklin County, Pennsylvania was 113,629 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (47,637) included 41.9% 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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