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Luzerne County (Pennsylvania)

Religious Traditions, 2010

12,502 118 31,734 138,000 1,667 5,134 131,763
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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 139 177,968 542.34
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 71 21,094 64.28
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 27 5,764 17.57
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 26 11,796 35.95
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 23 4,716 14.37
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 13 2,046 6.23
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 1,494 4.55
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 1,802 5.49
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 10 2,714 8.27
Jewish Other Judaism 9 2,972 9.06
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 1,216 3.71
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 6 --- ---
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 247 0.75
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 248 0.76
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 230 0.70
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 1,258 3.83
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 684 2.08
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 272 0.83
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 324 0.99
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 684 2.08
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 152 0.46
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 536 1.63
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 451 1.37
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 587 1.79
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 95 0.29
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 187 0.57
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 238 0.73
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 175 0.53
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 310 0.94
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 210 0.64
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 128 0.39
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 41 0.12
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 30 0.09
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 73 0.22
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 918 2.80
Totals: 406 241,660  

The population of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania was 328,149 in 1990; in 1980 it was 343,079. The total population changed -4.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (241,660) included 73.6% 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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