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Altoona, PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

16,790 191 19,747 27,606 368 1,931 60,456
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 20 32,063 248.27
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 44 11,156 86.38
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 24 9,553 73.97
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 20 4,438 34.36
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 1,895 14.67
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 1,556 12.05
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 12 1,510 11.69
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
3 1,260 9.76
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 932 7.22
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 816 6.32
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 789 6.11
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 664 5.14
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 611 4.73
Jewish Other Judaism 2 575 4.45
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 486 3.76
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 423 3.28
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 349 2.70
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 342 2.65
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 300 2.32
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 299 2.32
Old Order Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 296 2.29
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 278 2.15
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 264 2.04
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 245 1.90
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 242 1.87
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 200 1.55
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 136 1.05
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 127 0.98
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 120 0.93
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 66 0.51
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 60 0.46
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 53 0.41
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 52 0.40
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 27 0.21
Totals: 196 72,183  

The population of the Altoona, PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 129,144 in 2000; in 1990 it was 130,542. The total population changed -1.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (72,183) included 55.9% of the total population in 2000.

* 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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