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Massachusetts - State Membership Report (1980)

Exact definitions of "congregations" and "adherents" vary by religious body. Congregations may be parishes, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, or another site where a religious body has regularly scheduled worship services. Adherents generally are members, children who are not members, and others who are not members but are considered participants in the congregation.

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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 821 3,040,435 529.97
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 451 149,739 26.10
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 249 141,060 24.59
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 256 75,749 13.20
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 256 75,653 13.19
Jewish Congregations Judaism Judaism Family 82 40,275 7.02
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 70 30,502 5.32
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 161 29,292 5.11
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 73 13,938 2.43
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 29 12,158 2.12
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 34 11,053 1.93
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 20 10,684 1.86
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 48 8,356 1.46
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 38 7,838 1.37
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 24 7,826 1.36
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 21 6,618 1.15
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 33 6,442 1.12
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 19 5,943 1.04
Converge Worldwide Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 26 4,469 0.78
Evangelical Covenant Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 15 3,574 0.62
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 15 2,865 0.50
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 33 2,507 0.44
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 21 2,153 0.38
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 16 2,084 0.36
Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of the Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 1,967 0.34
Syrian (Syriac) Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 1,799 0.31
Armenian Apostolic Church (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 5 1,620 0.28
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 23 1,519 0.26
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 15 1,451 0.25
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 19 1,445 0.25
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3 1,266 0.22
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 3 1,253 0.22
Primitive Methodist Church in the U.S.A. Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 7 1,064 0.19
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 4 636 0.11
Free Methodist Church – USA Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 7 630 0.11
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 5 577 0.10
Swedenborgian Church Other Christians Spiritualist Family 7 550 0.10
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 4 475 0.08
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant Other Groups Family 2 398 0.07
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 1 341 0.06
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 2 184 0.03
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3 172 0.03
American Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 160 0.03
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 11 124 0.02
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 116 0.02
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 55 0.01
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 51 0.01
General Conference Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 50 0.01
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (Covenanters) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 41 0.01
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 39 0.01
Holiness Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 23 0.00
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 19 0.00
Christ Catholic Church Evangelical Protestant Catholic Liturgical Family 1 13 0.00
Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese of the Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 0 0 0.00
Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 0 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christians Christian Science Family 0 0 0.00
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 0 0 0.00
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 0 0 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 0 0 0.00
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 0 0 0.00
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 0 0 0.00
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 0 0 0.00
Black Baptists Estimate Black Protestant Baptist Family 0 0 0.00
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 0 0 0.00
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this state was 5,737,037 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,709,251) included 64.7% of the total population in 1980. The adherence rate is the number of adherents of a given group per 1,000 people in the general population.

Note that data collection methods for religious bodies change over time, affecting the comparability of statistics. For further information, see the U.S. Religion Census website at https://www.usreligioncensus.org/.

The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 372 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 155.

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