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New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania

Denominational Groups, 2000

1,471,683 3,997,730 260,876 14,756,035 2,948,616 16,236,921
Evangelical Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational "adherents" include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The historically African American denominations are not included in the 2000 congregation and membership totals. Many are also missing in 1990 and most historically African American denominations are missing in the 1980 reports.
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Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Advent Christian ChurchEvangelical Protestant------
African Methodist Episcopal Zion ChurchEvangelical Protestant------
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist ConnectionEvangelical Protestant571,0900.0
American Association of Lutheran ChurchesEvangelical Protestant------
American Baptist Association, TheEvangelical Protestant221,2480.0
American Baptist Churches in the USAMainline Protestant1,238424,67610.7
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic ChurchOrthodox5013,7380.3
Amish; Other GroupsEvangelical Protestant97340.0
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, TheOrthodox3616,0580.4
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American DiocesesOrthodox17600.0
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc.Evangelical Protestant21990.0
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene)Evangelical Protestant53340.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of CiliciaOrthodox75,8100.1
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of EtchmiadzinOrthodox1826,6020.7
Assemblies of GodEvangelical Protestant1,118234,4275.9
Associate Reformed Presbyterian ChurchEvangelical Protestant74590.0
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, TheEvangelical Protestant31,3890.0
Bahá'íOther Theology567,6140.2
Baptist General ConferenceEvangelical Protestant357,3630.2
Baptist Missionary Association of AmericaEvangelical Protestant53870.0
Beachy Amish Mennonite ChurchesEvangelical Protestant182,2490.1
Bible Church of Christ, Inc.Evangelical Protestant------
Black Baptists EstimateEvangelical Protestant------
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio)Evangelical Protestant191,4910.0
Brethren In Christ ChurchEvangelical Protestant10416,6810.4
Bruderhof Communities, Inc.Evangelical Protestant79240.0
BuddhismOther Theology172----
Bulgarian Orthodox Diocese of the USAOrthodox39800.0
Byelorussion Council Of Orthodox Churches In North AmericaOrthodox------
Calvary Chapel Fellowship ChurchesEvangelical Protestant49----
Catholic ChurchCatholic4,18214,756,035372.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, TheEvangelical Protestant48584,5862.1
Christian BrethrenEvangelical Protestant------
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)Mainline Protestant11324,4670.6
Christian Churches and Churches of ChristEvangelical Protestant20432,5890.8
Christian Reformed Church in North AmericaEvangelical Protestant339,0140.2
Church of Christ, ScientistOther Theology------
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana)Evangelical Protestant15018,2000.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Evangelical Protestant34247,8651.2
Church of God (Seventh Day)Evangelical Protestant------
Church of God in Christ, MennoniteEvangelical Protestant54960.0
Church of God of ProphecyEvangelical Protestant1047,2480.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, TheOther Theology32395,8742.4
Church of the BrethrenEvangelical Protestant23953,2231.3
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of AmericaEvangelical Protestant------
Church of the Lutheran ConfessionEvangelical Protestant------
Church of the NazareneEvangelical Protestant36452,3601.3
Church of the United Brethren in ChristEvangelical Protestant------
Churches of ChristEvangelical Protestant27124,5490.6
Churches of God, General ConferenceEvangelical Protestant15822,7630.6
Community of ChristEvangelical Protestant262,2080.1
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body)Mainline Protestant141,9270.0
Conservative Baptist Association of AmericaEvangelical Protestant21931,8530.8
Conservative Congregational Christian ConferenceEvangelical Protestant426,2490.2
Conservative Mennonite ConferenceEvangelical Protestant102,4720.1
Cumberland Presbyterian ChurchEvangelical Protestant11220.0
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite ChurchEvangelical Protestant343,3910.1
Episcopal ChurchMainline Protestant1,393410,27210.3
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran ChurchMainline Protestant------
Evangelical Congregational Church, TheEvangelical Protestant------
Evangelical Covenant Church, TheEvangelical Protestant325,3490.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, TheEvangelical Protestant11924,4940.6
Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaMainline Protestant1,970860,50621.7
Evangelical Methodist ChurchEvangelical Protestant------
Evangelical Presbyterian ChurchEvangelical Protestant72,0320.1
Fire Baptized Holiness Church, (Wesleyan), TheEvangelical Protestant------
Free Methodist Church of North AmericaEvangelical Protestant19017,2940.4
Friends (Quakers)Mainline Protestant18419,2400.5
General Association of Regular Baptist ChurchesEvangelical Protestant23833,4860.8
General Six Principle BaptistsEvangelical Protestant1250.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of AmericaOrthodox125111,4232.8
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of VasiloupulisOrthodox99,3730.2
HinduOther Theology153----
Holy Orthodox Church in North AmericaOrthodox42210.0
Hutterian BrethrenEvangelical Protestant------
Independent Fundamental Churches of AmericaEvangelical Protestant------
Independent, Charismatic ChurchesEvangelical Protestant4145,7281.2
Independent, Non-Charismatic ChurchesEvangelical Protestant7862,1821.6
International Church of the Foursquare GospelEvangelical Protestant455,5060.1
International Churches of ChristEvangelical Protestant79,9330.3
International Council of Community ChurchesMainline Protestant238,9900.2
International Pentecostal Church of ChristEvangelical Protestant21140.0
International Pentecostal Holiness ChurchEvangelical Protestant262,7280.1
JainOther Theology24----
Jewish EstimateOther Theology1,5232,404,87060.6
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaMainline Protestant------
Lutheran Church--Missouri SynodEvangelical Protestant355125,0393.2
Macedonian Orthodox Church: American DioceseOrthodox66,0000.2
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North AmericaOrthodox112,3200.1
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, American Diocese of theOrthodox306,9000.2
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference ofEvangelical Protestant1240.0
Mennonite Church USAEvangelical Protestant37151,9891.3
Mennonite; Other GroupsEvangelical Protestant1129,0860.2
Missionary Church, TheEvangelical Protestant151,2300.0
Moravian Church in America--Northern ProvinceMainline Protestant4114,3360.4
Muslim EstimateOther Theology269415,88210.5
National Association of Congregational Christian ChurchesMainline Protestant333,5680.1
National Association of Free Will BaptistsEvangelical Protestant63630.0
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USAEvangelical Protestant101,6990.0
Netherlands Reformed CongregationsEvangelical Protestant28130.0
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Baptist Associations/FellowshipsEvangelical Protestant23430.0
North American Baptist ConferenceEvangelical Protestant264,5090.1
Old Order Amish ChurchEvangelical Protestant34728,0920.7
Old Order MennoniteEvangelical Protestant6813,7580.3
Old Order River BrethrenEvangelical Protestant44770.0
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc.Evangelical Protestant------
Orthodox Church in America: Albanian Orthodox ArchdioceseOrthodox41,3500.0
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of AmericaOrthodox111,9170.0
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial DiocesesOrthodox13221,3240.5
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, TheEvangelical Protestant666,9840.2
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USAOrthodox18----
Pentecostal Church of GodEvangelical Protestant81,1010.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)Mainline Protestant2,173606,67615.3
Presbyterian Church in AmericaEvangelical Protestant14628,5040.7
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old LineEvangelical Protestant4----
Primitive Baptists AssociationsEvangelical Protestant------
Primitive Methodist Church in the USAEvangelical Protestant462,7910.1
Protestant Reformed Churches in AmericaEvangelical Protestant1270.0
Reformed Baptist ChurchesEvangelical Protestant43----
Reformed Church in AmericaMainline Protestant393104,1562.6
Reformed Church in the United StatesEvangelical Protestant1530.0
Reformed Episcopal ChurchEvangelical Protestant------
Reformed Mennonite ChurchEvangelical Protestant31580.0
Regular BaptistsEvangelical Protestant------
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of RussiaOrthodox44----
Salvation Army, TheEvangelical Protestant22461,4741.5
Schwenkfelder ChurchEvangelical Protestant------
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USAOrthodox1411,8420.3
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA (New Gracanica Metropolitanate)Orthodox6----
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and CanadaEvangelical Protestant------
Seventh-day Adventist ChurchEvangelical Protestant47797,4892.5
SikhOther Theology30----
Southern Baptist ConventionEvangelical Protestant52186,8312.2
Southwide Baptist FellowshipEvangelical Protestant26----
Syrian Orthodox Church of AntiochOrthodox63,6000.1
TaoOther Theology5----
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USAOrthodox5520,6580.5
Unitarian Universalist Association of CongregationsOther Theology12124,3760.6
United Christian ChurchEvangelical Protestant------
United Church of ChristMainline Protestant1,083315,0867.9
United Methodist Church, TheMainline Protestant4,4241,202,84530.3
United Reformed Churches in North AmericaEvangelical Protestant41,0920.0
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community ChurchesMainline Protestant99850.0
Vineyard USAEvangelical Protestant213,6250.1
Wesleyan Church, TheEvangelical Protestant23565,7781.7
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran SynodEvangelical Protestant121,3200.0
ZoroastrianOther Theology5----
Totals (Unadjusted)*:   28,634 23,434,940  
Total (Adjusted)**:     28,782,179  

The population of these counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 37,602,286; in 2000 it was 39,671,861. The total population changed 5.5%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (23,434,940) include 59.1% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (28,782,179) include 72.6% of the population.


*The “Unadjusted Totals” come from the 1990 and 2000 data collected by representatives of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). While quite comprehensive, this data excludes most of the historically African-American denominations and some other major groups. As a result, these numbers will be an underestimate of the total adherence rate, particularly in areas with a large African-American population. The 2000 data included 149 religious groups and the final results are published in Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Copyright © 2002, All rights reserved. The 1990 data included 132 groups and the final results are published in Churches and Church Membership in the United States 1990 Copyright © 1990, All rights reserved. Published by Glenmary Research Center, 1312 Fifth Ave., North, Nashville, TN 37208. [More information on the data collection]

**The “Adjusted Totals” include all adherents in the denominations counted by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and estimates adherent totals for the historically African-American denominations and other religious groups not listed in the ASARB totals. An article by Roger Finke and Christopher P. Scheitle (2005) reviews how these estimates were computed.

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2000 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of approximately 8 (8.1) in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County are Episcopalian.

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