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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 Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 117 306,925 384.35
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 65 14,218 17.80
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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36 14,072 17.62
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 28 9,329 11.68
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 32 7,217 9.04
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 4 6,995 8.76
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 13 6,749 8.45
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 23 6,547 8.20
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 27 6,139 7.69
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 27 5,307 6.65
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 26 3,068 3.84
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 2,772 3.47
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 5 2,625 3.29
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 3 2,581 3.23
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 19 1,896 2.37
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 1,590 1.99
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,475 1.85
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 2 1,237 1.55
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,232 1.54
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,165 1.46
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 1,135 1.42
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 1,033 1.29
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,000 1.25
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,000 1.25
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 951 1.19
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 764 0.96
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 700 0.88
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 2 616 0.77
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 499 0.62
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 491 0.61
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 419 0.52
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 390 0.49
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 370 0.46
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 300 0.38
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 275 0.34
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 255 0.32
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 3 250 0.31
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 190 0.24
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 187 0.23
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 185 0.23
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 182 0.23
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 121 0.15
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 121 0.15
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 3 118 0.15
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 111 0.14
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 87 0.11
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 79 0.10
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 60 0.08
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 2 56 0.07
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 26 0.03
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 15 0.02
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 --- ---
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 --- ---
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 11 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Polish National Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism 1 --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 582 415,125  

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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