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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
Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America Orthodox 1 125 0.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 244 52,716 8.3
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 9 8,978 1.4
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 5 3,724 0.6
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 9 14,850 2.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 135 24,802 3.9
Bahá'í Other Theology 26 2,577 0.4
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 33 5,645 0.9
Buddhism Other Theology 57 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 5 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 782 3,092,296 487.1
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 28 4,450 0.7
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 2 160 0.0
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 3 344 0.1
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 4 1,576 0.3
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 3 3,975 0.6
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 49 4,230 0.7
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 11 993 0.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 47 16,396 2.6
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 58 10,706 1.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 27 2,507 0.4
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 65 0.0
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 5 458 0.1
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant 10 2,761 0.4
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 43 6,852 1.1
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 39 6,759 1.1
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 1 20 0.0
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant 1 35 0.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 254 98,963 15.6
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 17 3,908 0.6
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 12 1,587 0.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 71 28,360 4.5
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 12 667 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 32 1,678 0.3
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 6 528 0.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 38 42,945 6.8
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Vasiloupulis Orthodox 3 650 0.1
Hindu Other Theology 20 n.a. n.a.
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox 7 934 0.2
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 6 4,595 0.7
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 11 8,750 1.4
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 25 4,670 0.7
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 6,162 1.0
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 6 3,085 0.5
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 10 0.0
Jain Other Theology 2 n.a. n.a.
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 201 275,000 43.3
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 21 7,456 1.2
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, American Diocese of the Orthodox 1 175 0.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 5 367 0.1
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 1 14 0.0
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 25 41,497 6.5
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 33 5,897 0.9
Orthodox Church in America: Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese Orthodox 5 3,550 0.6
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 7 1,232 0.2
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 5 562 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 32 5,453 0.9
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 8 695 0.1
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant 7 424 0.1
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 4 n.a. n.a.
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 1 104 0.0
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 4 n.a. n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 35 8,109 1.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 79 14,946 2.4
Sikh Other Theology 5 n.a. n.a.
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 73 10,867 1.7
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox 2 600 0.1
Tao Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox 1 900 0.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 141 25,834 4.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 423 121,826 19.2
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 237 64,028 10.1
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 1 57 0.0
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 7 2,316 0.4
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 2 171 0.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 2 284 0.0
Zoroastrian Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 3,532 4,067,856  
Total (Adjusted)**:   4,675,589  
The population of these 14 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 6,016,425; in 2000 it was 6,349,097. The total population changed 5.5%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (4,067,856) include 64.1% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (4,675,589) include 73.6% of the population.

Source

*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. www.glenmary.org [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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