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Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ Metro Area - Metro Area 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 75 160,498 186.22
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 102 45,197 52.44
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 77 31,764 36.85
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 82 25,879 30.03
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 48 14,112 16.37
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 28 7,890 9.15
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 30 6,314 7.33
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 7 5,683 6.59
Moravian Church in America (Unitas Fratrum), Northern Province Mainline Protestant 14 5,311 6.16
Hindu, Traditional Temples Hinduism Hinduism Family 3 5,231 6.07
Bible Fellowship Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 14 4,152 4.82
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 20 4,067 4.72
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 23 3,320 3.85
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 9 3,283 3.81
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 7 3,275 3.80
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 14 2,276 2.64
Conservative Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 3 2,160 2.51
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 8 1,639 1.90
Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 3 1,290 1.50
Reform Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 3 1,278 1.48
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 1,250 1.45
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 1,180 1.37
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 5 989 1.15
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 6 977 1.13
Orthodox Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 2 850 0.99
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 1 800 0.93
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 5 709 0.82
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 7 701 0.81
Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 1 600 0.70
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 5 583 0.68
Mennonite Church, USA Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 6 506 0.59
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 4 441 0.51
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 320 0.37
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 310 0.36
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 280 0.32
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 2 274 0.32
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 2 269 0.31
Free Methodist Church – USA Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 240 0.28
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 5 232 0.27
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 232 0.27
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 3 231 0.27
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 5 230 0.27
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 3 213 0.25
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 196 0.23
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 182 0.21
Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 180 0.21
Friends General Conference Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 179 0.21
Hindu Yoga and Meditation Hinduism 3 177 0.21
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 1 157 0.18
Reconstructionist Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 151 0.18
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant Other Groups Family 1 143 0.17
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 2 101 0.12
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 2 88 0.10
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 2 80 0.09
Nationwide Fellowship Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 72 0.08
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 71 0.08
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 1 60 0.07
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 40 0.05
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A. Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 40 0.05
Hope Mennonite Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 38 0.04
Weaverland Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 0 24 0.03
Church of the United Brethren in Christ, USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 1 10 0.01
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 1 0 0.00
Converge Worldwide Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1
ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
United Church of God Other Christians Adventist Family 1
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
Unity Churches, Association of Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1
Conservative Baptist Association of America (CBAmerica) Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Evangelical Association of Reformed and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2
Evangelical Congregational Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 19
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 8
Free Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Grace Gospel Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 1
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 4
Jain Other Other Groups Family 2
New Apostolic Church USA Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 5
Polish National Catholic Church of America Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 3
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 2
Primitive Methodist Church in the U.S.A. Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 1
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 3
American Sikh Council Other Other Groups Family 2
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this metro area was 861,889 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (349,025) included 40.5% 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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