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Worcester County (Massachusetts)

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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 133 331,320 512.60
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 79 21,356 33.04
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 36 9,678 14.97
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 32 13,696 21.19
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 31 9,657 14.94
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 30 3,942 6.10
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 2,009 3.11
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 13 8,034 12.43
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 13 3,324 5.14
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 1,141 1.77
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 259 0.40
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 396 0.61
Jewish Other Judaism 5 3,674 5.68
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 1,263 1.95
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 1,500 2.32
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 638 0.99
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 459 0.71
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 992 1.53
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 612 0.95
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 226 0.35
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 1,418 2.19
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 877 1.36
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 1,129 1.75
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 617 0.95
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 308 0.48
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,967 3.04
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 29 0.04
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 120 0.19
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 18 0.03
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 116 0.18
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 48 0.07
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,799 2.78
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 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, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
0 0 0.00
Orthodox Church in America: Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Totals: 450 422,622  

The population of Worcester County, Massachusetts was 646,352 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (422,622) included 65.4% 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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