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Religious Traditions, 2010

33,376 1,062 80,575 75,672 2,275 3,996 214,486
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
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 425 1.26
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 8 2,308 6.86
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 520 1.55
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 2,374 7.05
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 56 0.17
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 278 0.83
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 192 0.57
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 24 54,882 163.09
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 7 2,401 7.13
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 80 0.24
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 105 0.31
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 1,071 3.18
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 257 0.76
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 141 0.42
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 24 3,387 10.06
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 91 0.27
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 442 1.31
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 704 2.09
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 53 0.16
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 144 0.43
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 52 0.15
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 135 0.40
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 4 --- ---
Jewish Other Judaism 5 2,800 8.32
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 675 2.01
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 230 0.68
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 83 54,953 163.30
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 16 3,597 10.69
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 230 0.68
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 266 0.79
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 22 8,840 26.27
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 1,954 5.81
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 697 2.07
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,659 4.93
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 77 41,868 124.41
Totals: 339 187,867  

The population of Berks County, Pennsylvania was 336,523 in 1990; in 1980 it was 312,509. The total population changed 7.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (187,867) included 55.8% 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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