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Massachusetts

Denominational Groups, 2000

150,505 385,088 78,663 3,092,296 361,304 2,281,241
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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Reports


^ Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant 15 1,451 0.3
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Evangelical Protestant 20 10,684 1.9
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 256 75,749 13.2
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 5 1,620 0.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 73 13,938 2.4
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 1 19 0.0
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 25 4,408 0.8
Catholic Church Catholic 821 3,040,435 530.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 16 2,084 0.4
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 16 1,300 0.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 4 475 0.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 11 124 0.0
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 3 1,266 0.2
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 3 546 0.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 23 1,519 0.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 21 6,618 1.2
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 38 7,838 1.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 33 2,507 0.4
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 19 5,943 1.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 249 141,060 24.6
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 15 3,574 0.6
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 5 577 0.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 70 30,502 5.3
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 2 184 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 5 591 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 21 2,153 0.4
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 1 39 0.0
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 82 40,275 7.0
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 2 506 0.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 24 7,826 1.4
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 29 12,158 2.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 3 172 0.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 32 6,347 1.1
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant 7 1,064 0.2
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 34 11,053 1.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 48 8,356 1.5
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 15 2,865 0.5
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox 1 1,799 0.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 161 29,292 5.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 451 149,739 26.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 256 75,653 13.2
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 1 200 0.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 1 116 0.0
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 2,918 3,704,625  

The population of these counties (or equivalent) in 1980 was 5,737,037. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,704,625) include 64.6% of the total population in 1980.

Source

The 1980 data were collected by the Glenmary Research Center and includes statistics for 111 Judeo-Christian church bodies, including number of churches and adherents. These data originally appeared in Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1980, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

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.