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Somerset County, New Jersey

Denominational Groups, 2000

7,614 30,248 387 118,638 13,803 126,800
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
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 4 6,351 21.4
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church Orthodox 1 207 0.7
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 6 1,494 5.0
Bahá'í Other Theology 0 56 0.2
Buddhism Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 27 118,638 398.8
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 2 557 1.9
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 1 8 0.0
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 1 24 0.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 3 539 1.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 125 0.4
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 2 730 2.5
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 7 3,299 11.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 1 435 1.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 3 1,775 6.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 1 63 0.2
Hindu Other Theology 4 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 1,900 6.4
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 2 1,754 5.9
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 1 179 0.6
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 9 11,100 37.3
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 4 1,062 3.6
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 1 1,891 6.4
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 2 357 1.2
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Baptist Associations/Fellowships Evangelical Protestant 1 29 0.1
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 2 180 0.6
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 14 6,348 21.3
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 3 282 1.0
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 17 5,471 18.4
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Sikh Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 3 797 2.7
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 1 217 0.7
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 2 251 0.8
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 15 4,571 15.4
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 147 170,690  
Total (Adjusted)**:   199,666  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 240,279; in 2000 it was 297,490. The total population changed 23.8%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (170,690) include 57.4% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (199,666) include 67.1% 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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