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Reading, PA 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 19 83,923 195.69
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 76 28,315 66.03
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 64 22,562 52.61
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 53 17,723 41.33
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 16 6,379 14.87
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 17 5,241 12.22
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 18 4,266 9.95
Bible Fellowship Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 9 4,186 9.76
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 12 2,417 5.64
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 5 1,965 4.58
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 4 1,896 4.42
Weaverland Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 3 1,732 4.04
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 2 1,306 3.05
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 6 1,281 2.99
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 1,020 2.38
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 2 886 2.07
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 2 826 1.93
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 4 670 1.56
Mennonite Church, USA Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 7 639 1.49
Reform Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 548 1.28
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 4 481 1.12
Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 1 476 1.11
Mid-Atlantic Mennonite Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 3 397 0.93
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 369 0.86
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 348 0.81
Keystone Mennonite Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 2 335 0.78
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 2 313 0.73
Meadow Springs Old Order Mennonite Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 307 0.72
Conservative Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 281 0.66
Pilgrim Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 2 259 0.60
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 250 0.58
Old German Baptist Brethren Church Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 249 0.58
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 1 234 0.55
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 217 0.51
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 1 210 0.49
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 5 207 0.48
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2 206 0.48
Agape Christian Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 194 0.45
Biblical Mennonite Alliance Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 2 182 0.42
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 3 171 0.40
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 170 0.40
Dunkard Brethren Church Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 167 0.39
Hope Mennonite Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 163 0.38
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2 152 0.35
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 1 151 0.35
Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of the Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 150 0.35
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 147 0.34
Northeastern Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 131 0.31
Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 120 0.28
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 1 116 0.27
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 112 0.26
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 112 0.26
Friends General Conference Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 2 86 0.20
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A. Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 80 0.19
Independent Conservative Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 75 0.17
Ecumenical Catholic Communion Other Christians 1 66 0.15
Amish Groups, undifferentiated Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 2 61 0.14
Orthodox Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 60 0.14
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 0 58 0.14
German Baptist Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 41 0.10
Free Methodist Church – USA Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 30 0.07
Brethren in Christ Church Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1
New Apostolic Church USA Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
Converge Worldwide Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Diocese of the Holy Cross Mainline Protestant 1
ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Sovereign Grace Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 5
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 3
Unity Churches, Association of Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
American Sikh Council Other Other Groups Family 1
General Church of the New Jerusalem Other Christians Spiritualist Family 1
Evangelical Congregational Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 11
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
Evangelical Association of Reformed and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 6
Conservative Baptist Association of America (CBAmerica) Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2
Polish National Catholic Church of America Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 1
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this metro area was 428,849 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (195,715) included 45.6% 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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