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Macedonian Orthodox Church: American-Canadian Diocese - Rankings by Area (Counties) [Metro-Areas] [States]

Located in the Balkans, the historic region of Macedonia has for centuries been a point of territorial rivalries and claims. Following WWII, a Macedonian Republic was created as a part of former Yugoslavia. In 1991, Macedonia declared itself an independent country (now, the Republic of North Macedonia) with its capital in the city of Scopje. The national Macedonian Orthodox Church today plays a significant role in preserving ethnic identity and uniting Macedonians living throughout the world. The sizeable immigration of Macedonians to the United States and Canada began after WWII. With the steel industry booming, many Macedonian families settled in cities with steel mills. One of the first Macedonian centers in America was Gary, Indiana, the major location of US Steel. In 1963, the first Macedonian Orthodox parish in North America, the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, came to life in Crown Point, IN. In 1967, the American-Canadian Macedonian Orthodox Diocese, headquartered in Sterling Heights, MI, was created to oversee the growing number of Macedonian parishes in the USA and Canada. Worship services are conducted in both Macedonian and English. Parochial Sunday schools at each parish provide lessons in the Macedonian language. The Church follows the “Old” Julian liturgical calendar, which is 13 days behind the “Western” Gregorian calendar. One of the very important rituals in the Macedonian Orthodox Church is the “Agiasmos” (Blessing of Holy Water) - a bestowing grace upon the congregation, its members, and their homes. The Greater Blessing of Water is celebrated on the Feast of the Epiphany on January 19. On this day, churchgoers take a bottle of holy water from the church to their homes, where it is kept until the following year. [View our profile of Macedonian Orthodox Church: American-Canadian Diocese]

Using data from the 1980-2020 U.S. Religion Census, this list ranks U.S. Counties on the highest percent of the population in the Macedonian Orthodox Church: American-Canadian Diocese. You can sort the list by clicking on the column headings.


Rank
2020
Rank
2010
Rank
2000
County Percent
2020
Percent
2010
Percent
2000
1 1 1 Lake County, Indiana 0.70 0.70 0.41
7 7 2 Passaic County, New Jersey 0.09 0.05 0.36
2 2 3 Macomb County, Michigan 0.39 0.35 0.30
11 9 4 Lorain County, Ohio 0.03 0.04 0.21
4 Stark County, Ohio 0.21
5 5 6 Onondaga County, New York 0.12 0.12 0.17
4 9 7 Monroe County, New York 0.13 0.04 0.16
8 Bergen County, New Jersey 0.13
3 4 9 DuPage County, Illinois 0.32 0.13 0.11
8 6 10 Franklin County, Ohio 0.07 0.08 0.09
9 9 11 Erie County, New York 0.06 0.04 0.08
13 12 Broward County, Florida 0.03 0.03
11 16 13 Hamilton County, Ohio 0.03 0.01 0.02
13 Wayne County, Michigan 0.02
16 17 15 Cook County, Illinois 0.00 0.00 0.01
17 15 Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania 0.00 0.01
16 17 17 Los Angeles County, California 0.00 0.00 0.00
6 3 Essex County, New Jersey 0.11 0.25
7 Pinellas County, Florida 0.05
10 9 Summit County, Ohio 0.05 0.04
11 14 Oakland County, Michigan 0.03 0.02
14 14 Queens County, New York 0.01 0.02
16 17 Maricopa County, Arizona 0.00 0.00
14 Pasco County, Florida 0.01
16 Palm Beach County, Florida 0.00
16 Bucks County, Pennsylvania 0.00
             

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 373 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 156.

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