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Worcester County, Massachusetts

Religious Traditions, 2010

37,511 497 43,326 7,935 306,925 18,931 383,427
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
African Methodist Episcopal Zion 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 27 5,307 6.6
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 --- ---
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,475 1.8
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 --- ---
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,000 1.3
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,000 1.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 23 6,547 8.2
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 190 0.2
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 2 56 0.1
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 4 6,995 8.8
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 117 306,925 384.4
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 185 0.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 4 79 0.1
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,232 1.5
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 499 0.6
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 255 0.3
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 111 0.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 2,772 3.5
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 1,135 1.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 5 275 0.3
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 --- ---
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 764 1.0
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 2 1,237 1.5
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 1,590 2.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 28 9,329 11.7
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 390 0.5
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 26 0.0
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 13 6,749 8.5
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 951 1.2
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 87 0.1
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 5 2,625 3.3
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 3 118 0.1
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 1,033 1.3
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 187 0.2
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 11 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 700 0.9
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 2 616 0.8
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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36 14,072 17.6
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,165 1.5
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 3 250 0.3
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 60 0.1
Polish National Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 419 0.5
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 3 2,581 3.2
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 370 0.5
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 491 0.6
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 27 6,139 7.7
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 19 1,896 2.4
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 300 0.4
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism 1 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 26 3,068 3.8
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 65 14,218 17.8
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 32 7,217 9.0
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 182 0.2
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 15 0.0
Totals: 582 415,125  

The population of Worcester County, Massachusetts was 798,552 in 2010; in 2000 it was 750,963. The total population changed 6.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (415,125) included 52.0% 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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