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Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

66,609 26,087 81,511 404,842 4,913 37,233 514,314
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 199 666,747 560.63
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 76 31,362 26.37
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 56 27,883 23.45
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 24,610 20.69
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 45 23,649 19.89
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 53 22,120 18.60
Jewish Other Judaism 21 18,525 15.58
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 46 17,376 14.61
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 50 16,842 14.16
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 14,576 12.26
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 42 13,896 11.68
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 30 12,525 10.53
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 3,900 3.28
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 2,687 2.26
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 9 2,255 1.90
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 10 1,955 1.64
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 17 1,881 1.58
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 1,351 1.14
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 5 1,132 0.95
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 12 967 0.81
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 887 0.75
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 879 0.74
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 9 865 0.73
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 858 0.72
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 640 0.54
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 600 0.50
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 590 0.50
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 531 0.45
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 515 0.43
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 443 0.37
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 408 0.34
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 313 0.26
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 4 223 0.19
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 149 0.13
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 138 0.12
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 125 0.11
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 113 0.10
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 102 0.09
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 100 0.08
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 88 0.07
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 66 0.06
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 8 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 --- ---
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Totals: 791 914,872  

The population of the Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 1,189,288 in 1990; in 1980 it was 1,242,826. The total population changed -4.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (914,872) included 76.9% 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 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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