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York County (Pennsylvania)

Religious Traditions, 2010

47,150 1,339 79,653 35,605 400 4,815 266,010
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
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 76 43,945 129.41
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 12 38,479 113.32
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 93 34,383 101.25
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 44 23,360 68.79
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 16 7,473 22.01
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 18 5,642 16.61
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 18 3,091 9.10
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 2,628 7.74
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 2,606 7.67
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 1,918 5.65
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 1,696 4.99
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 1,670 4.92
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 1,616 4.76
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 1,390 4.09
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 1,350 3.98
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 1,262 3.72
Jewish Other Judaism 3 1,219 3.59
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 1,087 3.20
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 800 2.36
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 788 2.32
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 10 772 2.27
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 640 1.88
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 555 1.63
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 540 1.59
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 525 1.55
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 436 1.28
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 400 1.18
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 395 1.16
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 372 1.10
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 366 1.08
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 273 0.80
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 190 0.56
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 171 0.50
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 150 0.44
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 148 0.44
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 108 0.32
Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 82 0.24
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 65 0.19
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 46 0.14
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 43 0.13
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 32 0.09
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 7 0.02
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 4 --- ---
Totals: 402 182,719  

The population of York County, Pennsylvania was 339,574 in 1990; in 1980 it was 312,963. The total population changed 8.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (182,719) included 53.8% 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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