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Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

39,548 4,763 64,176 3,190 233,476 27,666 497,897
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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 117 286,533 371.5
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 113 43,954 57.0
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 53 21,147 27.4
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 44 19,110 24.8
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 32 12,761 16.5
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 45 12,222 15.8
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 33 8,391 10.9
Jewish Other Judaism 10 6,290 8.2
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 11 6,205 8.0
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 4,338 5.6
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 3,118 4.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 14 1,965 2.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,496 1.9
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 1,458 1.9
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 1,190 1.5
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 1,008 1.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 627 0.8
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 588 0.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 4 540 0.7
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 486 0.6
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 6 428 0.6
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 387 0.5
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 377 0.5
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 357 0.5
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 280 0.4
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 2 223 0.3
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 211 0.3
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 190 0.2
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 180 0.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 163 0.2
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 133 0.2
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 120 0.2
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 118 0.2
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 89 0.1
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 86 0.1
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 77 0.1
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 70 0.1
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 64 0.1
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 52 0.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 47 0.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 36 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 30 0.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Totals: 563 437,145  

The population of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 771,290 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (437,145) included 56.7% of the total population in 1980.

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 5 counties: Albany County, New York, Rensselaer County, New York, Saratoga County, New York, Schenectady County, New York, Schoharie County, New York.

* 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 for those who are interested in these trends.


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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