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Religious Traditions, 2010

224,726 11,200 308,286 2,940,199 61,544 202,103 2,799,571
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 832 2,961,359 492.21
Jewish Other Judaism 204 283,920 47.19
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 437 135,983 22.60
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 257 122,190 20.31
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 246 71,858 11.94
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 69,672 11.58
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 261 66,156 11.00
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 153 35,787 5.95
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 71 28,269 4.70
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 100 20,160 3.35
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 5 16,650 2.77
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 65 12,862 2.14
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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17 11,739 1.95
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 33 11,093 1.84
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 21 10,710 1.78
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 46 9,978 1.66
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 33 9,931 1.65
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 21 7,053 1.17
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 41 7,048 1.17
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 29 6,621 1.10
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 33 5,608 0.93
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 26 5,332 0.89
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 26 4,416 0.73
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 17 3,996 0.66
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 31 3,649 0.61
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 30 2,709 0.45
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 29 2,609 0.43
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 36 2,398 0.40
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,400 0.23
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 1,372 0.23
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 16 1,275 0.21
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 1,047 0.17
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 1,036 0.17
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 883 0.15
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 12 877 0.15
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 681 0.11
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 650 0.11
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 504 0.08
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 444 0.07
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 400 0.07
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 335 0.06
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 277 0.05
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 232 0.04
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 215 0.04
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 189 0.03
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 166 0.03
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 154 0.03
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 128 0.02
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 50 0.01
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 24 0.00
Christ Catholic Church Evangelical Protestant Catholicism 1 6 0.00
Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 69 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 45 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 38 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 9 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America: Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 5 --- ---
Totals: 3,382 3,942,101  

The population of Massachusetts was 6,016,425 in 1990; in 1980 it was 5,737,037. The total population changed 4.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,942,101) included 65.5% of the total population in 1990.

* 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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