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Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A. - Rankings by Area (Metro-Areas) [Counties] [States]

The Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA are a group of Orthodox parishes subordinated directly to the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) with headquarters in Moscow, Russia. The largest of these parishes, St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral in New York, functions as the ecclesiastical embassy (i.e., the representative) of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA. This Orthodox Church body was formed in 1970, when the Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church in America (also known as “Russian Mitropolia”) was granted autocephaly (full independence) by the Russian Orthodox Church and became the Orthodox Church in America. At this point, a number of parishes declined to enter the new American-centered church. They wished to remain directly under the administration of the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, thereby forming the Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church. Until the 1990s, the membership of the Patriarchal Parishes was largely composed of descendants of their Carpatho-Russian founders along with some converts to Orthodoxy. Most of the clergy and members were American-born, and English (instead of Church Slavonic) was increasingly used as the liturgical language. After the break-up of the USSR, the large influx of new immigrants swelled the membership of some of the Patriarchal Parishes. The increased presence of Russian-speaking immigrants, along with a number of new clergy sent from Russia, has transformed the customs and ethos of these parishes into a more “Russian style” of church life. Consecrated in 1902, the St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral is a landmark on the Upper East side of Manhattan, and it continues to be one of the major centers of the Russian community in New York. [View our profile of Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A.]

Using data from the 1980-2020 U.S. Religion Census, this list ranks U.S. Metro-Areas on the highest percent of the population in the Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A.. You can sort the list by clicking on the column headings.


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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