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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 12 877 0.2
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Evangelical Protestant 21 10,710 1.8
Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 261 66,156 11.0
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant 1 400 0.1
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 5 16,650 2.8
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 100 20,160 3.4
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 1 24 0.0
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 26 4,416 0.7
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant n.a. 69,672 11.6
Catholic Church Catholic 832 2,961,359 492.2
Christ Catholic Church Evangelical Protestant 1 6 0.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 31 3,649 0.6
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 16 1,275 0.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 3 154 0.0
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 4 335 0.1
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 4 1,372 0.2
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Theology 69 n.a. n.a.
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 4 1,047 0.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 30 2,709 0.5
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 13 444 0.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 33 11,093 1.8
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 41 7,048 1.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 29 6,621 1.1
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant 17 3,996 0.7
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 45 n.a. n.a.
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 26 5,332 0.9
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 257 122,190 20.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 6 681 0.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 71 28,269 4.7
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 2 215 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 8 504 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 36 2,398 0.4
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 38 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 17 11,739 2.0
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 15 1,036 0.2
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 204 283,920 47.2
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 2 883 0.2
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 21 7,053 1.2
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 5 277 0.1
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 33 9,931 1.7
Orthodox Church in America: Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese Orthodox 5 n.a. n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 9 n.a. n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 1 50 0.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 33 5,608 0.9
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 3 189 0.0
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant 8 650 0.1
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 1 166 0.0
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 29 2,609 0.4
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 65 12,862 2.1
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 46 9,978 1.7
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox 2 1,400 0.2
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 153 35,787 6.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 437 135,983 22.6
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 246 71,858 11.9
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 2 232 0.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 1 128 0.0
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 3,382 3,942,101  
The population of these counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 6,016,425. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,942,101) include 65.5% of the total population in 1990.

Source

The 1990 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 132 religious groups, including number of churches and adherents. Martin B. Bradley, Norman M. Green, Jr., Dale E. Jones, Mac Lynn, and Lou McNeil supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1990, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

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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.