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New Jersey

Denominational Groups, 2000

204,101 577,299 59,117 3,403,020 615,219 3,555,594
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
Catholic Church Catholic 774 3,403,020 404.4
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 331 468,000 55.6
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 578 140,133 16.7
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 68 120,724 14.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 373 119,735 14.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 287 91,964 10.9
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 262 88,521 10.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 200 79,264 9.4
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 238 52,065 6.2
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 133 32,691 3.9
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 24 25,770 3.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 72 22,319 2.7
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 61 19,855 2.4
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 76 18,035 2.1
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 70 14,518 1.7
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 57 14,293 1.7
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 111 13,725 1.6
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 5 9,980 1.2
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 53 8,626 1.0
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 68 7,699 0.9
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 50 7,435 0.9
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 28 7,256 0.9
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 29 6,866 0.8
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 20 5,976 0.7
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 28 5,187 0.6
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 23 5,109 0.6
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox 11 5,082 0.6
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 8 4,940 0.6
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 38 4,703 0.6
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 35 3,894 0.5
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 8 3,565 0.4
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 23 3,471 0.4
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox 4 3,250 0.4
Macedonian Orthodox Church: American Diocese Orthodox 2 3,000 0.4
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 19 2,873 0.3
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 4 2,550 0.3
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 26 2,503 0.3
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 4 2,240 0.3
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 1 2,100 0.3
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 20 2,056 0.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 12 2,044 0.2
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church Orthodox 7 1,974 0.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 6 1,594 0.2
Bahá'í Other Theology 14 1,531 0.2
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant 9 1,413 0.2
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 2 1,400 0.2
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 6 1,390 0.2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 19 1,129 0.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 9 1,071 0.1
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 14 1,006 0.1
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 19 1,003 0.1
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant 3 922 0.1
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant 2 813 0.1
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 5 810 0.1
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant 4 808 0.1
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, American Diocese of the Orthodox 4 650 0.1
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 4 609 0.1
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 4 490 0.1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 1 383 0.1
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 2 349 0.0
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 1 324 0.0
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 3 306 0.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 2 255 0.0
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 2 219 0.0
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 1 207 0.0
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox 1 200 0.0
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 3 191 0.0
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 1 156 0.0
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 114 0.0
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant 1 101 0.0
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 1 60 0.0
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant 1 51 0.0
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 51 0.0
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 2 50 0.0
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Baptist Associations/Fellowships Evangelical Protestant 1 29 0.0
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 1 27 0.0
Protestant Reformed Churches in America Evangelical Protestant 1 27 0.0
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant 1 6 0.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 3 0 0.0
Buddhism Other Theology 21 n.a. n.a.
Jain Other Theology 5 n.a. n.a.
Hindu Other Theology 52 n.a. n.a.
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 6 n.a. n.a.
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 14 n.a. n.a.
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 10 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 14 n.a. n.a.
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA (New Gracanica Metropolitanate) Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Sikh Other Theology 3 n.a. n.a.
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 8 n.a. n.a.
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 4,531 4,858,756  
Total (Adjusted)**:   5,967,206  
The population of these 21 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 7,730,188; in 2000 it was 8,414,350. The total population changed 8.9%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (4,858,756) include 57.7% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (5,967,206) include 70.9% 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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