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Manchester-Nashua, NH, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

20,588 0 17,794 124,993 2,990 7,365 226,991
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 44 120,454 435.47
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 24 8,832 31.93
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 8 4,389 15.87
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 4,086 14.77
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 10 2,318 8.38
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,292 4.67
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 5 1,077 3.89
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 1,030 3.72
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 985 3.56
Jewish Other Judaism 3 984 3.56
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 863 3.12
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 761 2.75
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 730 2.64
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 372 1.34
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 322 1.16
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 300 1.08
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 293 1.06
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 278 1.01
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 257 0.93
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 232 0.84
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 135 0.49
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 113 0.41
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 85 0.31
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist 1 73 0.26
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 50 0.18
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 0 50 0.18
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 40 0.14
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 24 0.09
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 19 0.07
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 11 0.04
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 0 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
0 0 0.00
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Totals: 148 150,455  

The population of the Manchester-Nashua, NH, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 276,608 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (150,455) included 54.4% of the total population in 1980.

* 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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