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Chester County, Pennsylvania - County Membership Report (2020)

Exact definitions of "congregations" and "adherents" vary by religious body. Congregations may be parishes, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, or another site where a religious body has regularly scheduled worship services. Adherents generally are members, children who are not members, and others who are not members but are considered participants in the congregation.

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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 30 164,798 308.37
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 66 30,338 56.77
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 41 13,951 26.11
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 4 11,718 21.93
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 16 8,570 16.04
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 22 8,314 15.56
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 14 5,315 9.95
Amish Groups, undifferentiated Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 29 3,871 7.24
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 20 3,706 6.93
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 13 2,510 4.70
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 10 2,154 4.03
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 11 2,148 4.02
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 3 1,770 3.31
Friends General Conference Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 15 1,644 3.08
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 3 1,422 2.66
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 8 1,357 2.54
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 11 1,349 2.52
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 4 1,210 2.26
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 11 1,197 2.24
Association of Vineyard Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 820 1.53
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 2 800 1.50
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 3 798 1.49
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 9 699 1.31
National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 2 650 1.22
Reform Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 581 1.09
Conservative Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 2 556 1.04
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 4 458 0.86
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 3 442 0.83
Hindu Yoga and Meditation Hinduism 3 392 0.73
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 380 0.71
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 350 0.65
Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 350 0.65
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 5 347 0.65
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 300 0.56
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 250 0.47
Mennonite Church, USA Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 2 219 0.41
Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 210 0.39
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Black Protestant Baptist Family 1 210 0.39
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 190 0.36
Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 2 180 0.34
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 177 0.33
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 147 0.28
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 1 131 0.25
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 124 0.23
Malankara Mar Thoma Church Other Christians Other Groups Family 1 118 0.22
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 114 0.21
Bible Fellowship Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 110 0.21
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 94 0.18
Orthodox Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 60 0.11
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 56 0.10
Apostolic Christian Church of America Evangelical Protestant Froehlich Churches Family 1 53 0.10
Swedenborgian Church Other Christians Spiritualist Family 1 47 0.09
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 45 0.08
Independent Lutheran Diocese Evangelical Protestant 1 25 0.05
Conservative Yearly Meetings of Friends Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 23 0.04
Ecumenical Catholic Communion Other Christians 1 20 0.04
Weaverland Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 0 13 0.02
Independent Judaism Judaism 1 0 0.00
Union American Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 6
Diocese of the Holy Cross Mainline Protestant 1
ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Full Gospel Assemblies International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 6
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
Brethren in Christ Church Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 6
Free Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 4
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 3
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 3
Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America Other Other Groups Family 1
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this county was 534,413 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (277,881) included 52.0% of the total population in 2020. The adherence rate is the number of adherents of a given group per 1,000 people in the general population.

Note that data collection methods for religious bodies change over time, affecting the comparability of statistics. For further information, see the U.S. Religion Census website at https://www.usreligioncensus.org/.

The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 372 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 155.

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