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Essex County, New Jersey - County Membership Report (2020)

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 61 245,360 284.07
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 19 41,625 48.19
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 59 26,380 30.54
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 28 19,814 22.94
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 52 16,884 19.55
Conservative Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 8 12,434 14.40
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 11 10,249 11.87
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 37 9,186 10.64
Reform Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 5 7,644 8.85
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 19 6,487 7.51
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 33 6,421 7.43
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 20 6,200 7.18
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 20 5,447 6.31
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 33 5,397 6.25
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 9 4,941 5.72
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 3 4,900 5.67
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 16 4,588 5.31
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 21 4,368 5.06
Orthodox Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 15 4,000 4.63
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 12 2,140 2.48
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 10 2,134 2.47
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 7 1,157 1.34
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 1,000 1.16
Macedonian Orthodox Church: American-Canadian Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 1,000 1.16
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 18 960 1.11
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 3 852 0.99
Ethiopian Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 3 830 0.96
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4 780 0.90
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 5 777 0.90
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 6 770 0.89
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 5 763 0.88
National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 2 750 0.87
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 2 725 0.84
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 7 715 0.83
Reconstructionist Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 686 0.79
Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 1 667 0.77
Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 3 630 0.73
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 4 626 0.72
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 5 536 0.62
Hindu, Traditional Temples Hinduism Hinduism Family 1 494 0.57
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 2 429 0.50
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Black Protestant Baptist Family 2 420 0.49
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 1 340 0.39
Eritrean Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 336 0.39
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 3 332 0.38
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 9 310 0.36
Hindu Yoga and Meditation Hinduism 1 250 0.29
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 2 210 0.24
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 202 0.23
Armenian Apostolic Church (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 200 0.23
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 7 200 0.23
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 166 0.19
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 120 0.14
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 120 0.14
United Holy Church of America Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 4 101 0.12
Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism Buddhism Family 1 100 0.12
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 100 0.12
Free Methodist Church – USA Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 91 0.11
Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 90 0.10
Bible Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ World Wide, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 80 0.09
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 80 0.09
Evangelical Covenant Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 1 74 0.09
Bible Fellowship Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 55 0.06
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 50 0.06
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 0 0.00
Independent Judaism Judaism 1 0 0.00
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 1 0 0.00
Union American Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 4
American Ethical Union Other Liberal Family 1
The Local Churches Evangelical Protestant 1
Church of God and Saints of Christ Other Christians Judaism Family 2
United Church of God Other Christians Adventist Family 1
Christian Congregation in North America Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Converge Worldwide Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
Association of Messianic Congregations Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christians Christian Science Family 1
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Unity Churches, Association of Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 3
Conservative Baptist Association of America (CBAmerica) Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 3
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 2
International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Jain Other Other Groups Family 1
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 4
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 3
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this county was 863,728 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (465,773) included 53.9% of the total population in 2020. 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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