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Lancaster, PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

122,957 2,163 71,573 51,292 1,600 5,536 264,324
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
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 113 21,099 49.90
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 90 13,500 31.93
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 78 32,754 77.47
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 44 27,686 65.48
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 35 17,112 40.47
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 26 6,820 16.13
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 22 9,644 22.81
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 20 38,952 92.12
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 17 3,412 8.07
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 17 3,582 8.47
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 17 9,681 22.90
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 11 --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 2,971 7.03
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 10 4,725 11.17
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 9 1,182 2.80
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 2,356 5.57
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 935 2.21
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 1,496 3.54
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 4 368 0.87
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 1,536 3.63
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 551 1.30
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 1,700 4.02
Jewish Other Judaism 3 2,100 4.97
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 392 0.93
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 707 1.67
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 421 1.00
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 871 2.06
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 107 0.25
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 360 0.85
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 639 1.51
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 1,781 4.21
Old Order River Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 176 0.42
United Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 169 0.40
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 42 0.10
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 75 0.18
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 44 0.10
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 43 0.10
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 57 0.13
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 21 0.05
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 120 0.28
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 674 1.59
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 2,466 5.83
Totals: 589 213,327  

The population of the Lancaster, PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 422,822 in 1990; in 1980 it was 362,346. The total population changed 16.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (213,327) included 50.5% 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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