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Franklin County (Massachusetts)

Religious Traditions, 2010

2,079 4,617 16,509 1,580 46,587
Evangelical Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic 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 19 50,098 714.75
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 26 3,988 56.90
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 1,109 15.82
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 914 13.04
Jewish Other Judaism 2 900 12.84
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 6 601 8.57
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 547 7.80
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 6 539 7.69
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 496 7.08
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 280 3.99
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 162 2.31
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 134 1.91
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 132 1.88
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 122 1.74
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 96 1.37
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 36 0.51
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 26 0.37
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 15 0.21
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 10 0.14
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Totals: 89 60,205  

The population of Franklin County, Massachusetts was 70,092 in 1990; in 1980 it was 64,317. The total population changed 9.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (60,205) included 85.9% 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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