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Orange County (New York)

Religious Traditions, 2010

14,437 1,711 19,326 131,308 973 30,221 174,837
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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 29 160,245 469.42
Jewish Other Judaism 9 15,000 43.94
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 27 8,852 25.93
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 26 5,650 16.55
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 19 3,845 11.26
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 2,711 7.94
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 5 2,671 7.82
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 2,628 7.70
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 2,058 6.03
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 1,749 5.12
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 1,110 3.25
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 1,057 3.10
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 5 947 2.77
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 849 2.49
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 817 2.39
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 803 2.35
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 460 1.35
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 2 400 1.17
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 356 1.04
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 346 1.01
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 315 0.92
Bruderhof Communities, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 264 0.77
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 212 0.62
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 207 0.61
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 200 0.59
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 193 0.57
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 178 0.52
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 169 0.50
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 108 0.32
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 98 0.29
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 96 0.28
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 94 0.28
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 65 0.19
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 60 0.18
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 50 0.15
Buddhists Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Hindus Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Totals: 200 214,863  

The population of Orange County, New York was 341,367 in 2000; in 1990 it was 307,647. The total population changed 11.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (214,863) included 62.9% of the total population in 2000.

* 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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