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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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 184 622,786 532.25
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 69 26,295 22.47
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 52 23,971 20.49
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 43 21,343 18.24
Jewish Other Judaism 19 20,150 17.22
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 52 16,935 14.47
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 12 15,082 12.89
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 43 14,039 12.00
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 48 13,854 11.84
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 34 11,563 9.88
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 29 11,357 9.71
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 7 5,405 4.62
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 7 2,375 2.03
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 2,313 1.98
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 10 2,044 1.75
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 12 1,866 1.59
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 7 1,814 1.55
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 16 1,637 1.40
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 1,581 1.35
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 1,285 1.10
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 5 1,015 0.87
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 876 0.75
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 844 0.72
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 842 0.72
Macedonian Orthodox Church: American Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 800 0.68
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 800 0.68
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 785 0.67
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 768 0.66
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 702 0.60
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 591 0.51
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 470 0.40
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 450 0.38
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 4 446 0.38
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 353 0.30
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 319 0.27
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 300 0.26
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 271 0.23
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 4 247 0.21
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 242 0.21
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 225 0.19
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 207 0.18
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 190 0.16
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 2 185 0.16
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 180 0.15
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 177 0.15
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 140 0.12
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 121 0.10
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 112 0.10
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 101 0.09
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 28 0.02
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 18 0.02
Buddhists Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Hindus Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Jain Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Tao Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 752 830,500  

The population of the Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 1,170,111 in 2000; in 1990 it was 1,189,288. The total population changed -1.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (830,500) included 71.0% of the total population in 2000.

* 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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