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Bristol County (Massachusetts)

Religious Traditions, 2010

18,765 511 18,246 286,113 1,565 7,807 215,278
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 71 286,113 521.83
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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38 9,789 17.85
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 19 3,605 6.58
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 18 4,340 7.92
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 15 3,948 7.20
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 14 3,488 6.36
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 12 1,350 2.46
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 2,137 3.90
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 393 0.72
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 7 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 269 0.49
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 7 853 1.56
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 --- ---
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 6 357 0.65
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 256 0.47
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 1,321 2.41
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 1,565 2.85
International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Evangelical Protestant
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4 --- ---
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 899 1.64
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 246 0.45
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 313 0.57
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 --- ---
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 390 0.71
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 660 1.20
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 3 1,363 2.49
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 3 924 1.69
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 3 450 0.82
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 759 1.38
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 381 0.69
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 38 0.07
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 2 204 0.37
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 541 0.99
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 71 0.13
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 120 0.22
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 99 0.18
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 1 396 0.72
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 1 457 0.83
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 751 1.37
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 1 926 1.69
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 1 1,742 3.18
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 256 0.47
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 78 0.14
National Spiritualist Association of Churches Other Spiritualist 1 --- ---
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 12 0.02
Polish National Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 --- ---
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism 1 300 0.55
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 702 1.28
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 142 0.26
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 3 0.01
Totals: 325 333,007  

The population of Bristol County, Massachusetts was 548,285 in 2010; in 2000 it was 534,678. The total population changed 2.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (333,007) included 60.7% of the total population in 2010.

* 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 www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

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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