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Albany County, New York

Religious Traditions, 2010

15,873 2,739 17,188 2,025 85,267 14,472 166,640
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 % Change
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist +0 -91 -8.3%
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -15 -15.0%
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -1,035 -82.1%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +6 +400 +40.3%
Bahá'í Other Other Groups +0 +32 +56.1%
Bruderhof Communities, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism -14 -53,109 -38.4%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness -1 -56 -15.0%
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +0 +262 +287.9%
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +0 +28 +46.7%
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +0 +229 +231.3%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints +0 +819 +191.4%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness +1 +91 +202.2%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +0 +0 +0.0%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist +0 --- ---
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 -39 -27.9%
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist +1 -89 -33.1%
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism +0 -988 -26.2%
Eritrean Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +0 -6 -15.0%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran -1 -1,203 -38.5%
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist +1 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -203 -16.9%
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +0 -23 -40.4%
Jain Other Other Groups +0 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +0 -255 -11.4%
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups +1 +3,908 +593.0%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -133 -29.0%
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Polish National Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism --- --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -1 -1,060 -34.4%
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -3 -1,556 -29.4%
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness -2 -188 -39.5%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist -1 +80 +12.7%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +2 +210 +146.9%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal +0 +120 +29.4%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 -230 -39.9%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist -3 -2,498 -32.5%
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +0 +18 +25.7%
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: -14 -56,580 -33%

The population of Albany County, New York was 304,204 in 2010; in 2000 it was 294,565. The total population changed 3.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (137,564) included 45.2% of the total population in 2010.

The population of Albany County, New York was 294,565 in 2000; in 1990 it was 292,594. The total population changed 0.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (187,944) included 63.8% of the total population in 2000.

* 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.