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Atlantic County (New Jersey)

Religious Traditions, 2010

13,661 6,321 13,250 65,867 1,520 16,570 157,360
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 24 66,328 295.68
Jewish Other Judaism 13 15,800 70.43
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 9,240 41.19
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 28 5,492 24.48
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 7 3,025 13.48
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
4 2,800 12.48
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 8 1,979 8.82
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 1,601 7.14
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 1,127 5.02
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 1,024 4.56
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 691 3.08
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 640 2.85
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 533 2.38
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 443 1.97
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 421 1.88
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 410 1.83
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 400 1.78
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 348 1.55
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 335 1.49
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 197 0.88
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 130 0.58
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 113 0.50
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 107 0.48
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 104 0.46
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 99 0.44
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 91 0.41
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 81 0.36
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 81 0.36
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 38 0.17
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 33 0.15
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 25 0.11
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Totals: 146 113,736  

The population of Atlantic County, New Jersey was 224,327 in 1990; in 1980 it was 194,119. The total population changed 15.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (113,736) included 50.7% 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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