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Lancaster County (Pennsylvania)

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
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 269 0.74
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 929 2.56
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 269 0.74
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 165 0.46
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 788 2.17
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 1,674 4.62
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 21 43,788 120.85
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 11 4,485 12.38
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 575 1.59
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 15 1,965 5.42
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 20 9,887 27.29
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 0 0 0.00
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 421 1.16
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 7 1,509 4.16
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 100 17,513 48.33
Mennonite Church, The General Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 1,041 2.87
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 63 9,928 27.40
Old Order River Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 0 0 0.00
United Zion Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 9 779 2.15
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 334 0.92
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 964 2.66
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 493 1.36
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 75 0.21
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 0 0 0.00
Jewish Other Judaism 2 611 1.69
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 596 1.64
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 503 1.39
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 0 0 0.00
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 47 30,336 83.72
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 541 1.49
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 0 0.00
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 25 7,085 19.55
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 28 0.08
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 1,755 4.84
United Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 67 0.18
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 78 31,956 88.19
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 3,224 8.90
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 616 1.70
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 64 0.18
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 59 0.16
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 17 9,974 27.53
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 558 1.54
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 35 16,887 46.60
Totals: 516 202,711  

The population of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania was 362,346 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (202,711) included 55.9% 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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