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Religious Traditions, 2010

37,511 497 43,326 306,925 7,935 18,931 383,427
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 % Change
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist +11 +1561 +34.1%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +5 +402 +26.9%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +3 -34 -30.1%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +2 +30 +6.4%
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +2 -919 -49.1%
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +1 -811 -35.5%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 -200 -14%
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 -58 -7.1%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal +1 +463 +17.8%
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 +76 +8.2%
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 -1100 -52.4%
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 0 0%
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 --- ---
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 -132 -41.6%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 -56 -33.5%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 +72 +6.8%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 -88 -24.2%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 --- ---
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 -59 -3.6%
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 -454 -53.8%
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 -2127 -44.8%
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 0 -320 -31.4%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 -168 -28.6%
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 -768 -67.5%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 -317 -39.2%
Sikh Other Other Groups 0 --- ---
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints -1 +716 +34.8%
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups -1 -5057 -89.1%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist -2 -1334 -20.1%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -2 +2192 +50.3%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism -2 -1163 -11.1%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran -2 -1258 -15.7%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist -3 -1518 -17.4%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -9 -4870 -25.5%
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism -15 -2342 -0.8%
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism --- --- ---
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Polish National Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism --- --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism --- --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: -10 -19641 -4.8%

The population of Worcester County, Massachusetts was 750,963 in 2000; in 1990 it was 709,705. The total population changed 5.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (431,296) included 57.4% of the total population in 2000.

The population of Worcester County, Massachusetts was 798,552 in 2010; in 2000 it was 750,963. The total population changed 6.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (415,125) included 52.0% 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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