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Essex County, Massachusetts

Religious Traditions, 2010

20,925 376 33,710 11,590 341,970 15,882 318,706
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational adherents include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The 2010 reports contain incomplete counts of congregations and adherents belonging to the eight largest historically African-American denominations. These denominations are not included in the 2000 reports and are largely missing from the 1990 and 1980 reports.
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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 121 0.2
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 29 4,825 6.5
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 --- ---
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 450 0.6
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 500 0.7
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 275 0.4
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 19 5,232 7.0
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 221 0.3
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 4 400 0.5
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 1 395 0.5
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 2 71 0.1
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 55 341,970 460.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 357 0.5
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 1 0 ---
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 182 0.2
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 7 --- ---
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 596 0.8
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 73 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 217 0.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 2,528 3.4
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 10 613 0.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 4 160 0.2
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 13 2,700 3.6
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 6 3,915 5.3
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 180 0.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 27 11,510 15.5
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 164 0.2
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 6 1,862 2.5
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 1 0.0
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 99 0.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 889 1.2
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 82 0.1
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 6 9,950 13.4
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 1 250 0.3
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 10 0.0
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 60 0.1
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 513 0.7
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Evangelical Protestant
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1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 8 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 537 0.7
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 275 0.4
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 93 0.1
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 2 616 0.8
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 281 0.4
National Spiritualist Association of Churches Other Spiritualist 2 --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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33 4,547 6.1
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 105 0.1
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 4 500 0.7
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 492 0.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 223 0.3
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 --- ---
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism 1 108 0.1
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 4 4,185 5.6
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 250 0.3
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 1,245 1.7
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 11 1,038 1.4
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 789 1.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 13 2,674 3.6
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 41 9,929 13.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 23 4,998 6.7
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 188 0.3
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 9 0.0
Totals: 434 424,453  

The population of Essex County, Massachusetts was 743,159 in 2010; in 2000 it was 723,419. The total population changed 2.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (424,453) included 57.1% of the total population in 2010.

* In an effort to better match the ASARB standards for adherents, a few religious bodies changed the way their adherents were reported in 2010, including the Catholic Church, Amish groups, Friends groups, Jewish groups, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Non-denominational Christian Churches, and the United Methodist Church. This change does not affect any of the data in the newly released 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. In fact, the data for these groups are now more comparable to that of other bodies than it was in previous decadal reports.

However, the change in methodology can distort assessments on growth or decline between 2000 and 2010 for each of these groups. County-level 2000 data using the new methodology are not readily available. ASARB staff has adjusted some 2000 county-level adherent statistics to allow for a more accurate picture on growth or decline. The revised maps and charts are now available on-line at www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

2010 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 236 religious groups, providing information on the number of their congregations and adherents within each state and county in the United States. Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E. Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study, published by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). [More information on the data collection]

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2010 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of 7.6 in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that about 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County were Episcopalian.


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