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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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 645 0.7
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 726 0.8
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 31 4,673 5.4
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 195 0.2
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 300 0.3
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 225 0.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 25 2,759 3.2
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 213 0.2
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 2 225 0.3
Bruderhof Communities, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 18 0.0
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 6 236 0.3
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 5 253 0.3
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 84 233,476 268.1
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 2,718 3.1
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 0 ---
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 389 0.4
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 3 --- ---
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 595 0.7
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 5 794 0.9
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 328 0.4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 6 3,310 3.8
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 308 0.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 404 0.5
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 --- ---
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 513 0.6
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 5 3,378 3.9
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 1,230 1.4
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 135 0.2
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 36 9,636 11.1
Eritrean Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 55 0.1
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 176 0.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 81 0.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 26 9,069 10.4
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 337 0.4
Federation of Reformed Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 103 0.1
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 5 235 0.3
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 1,505 1.7
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 1 1,742 2.0
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 8 218 0.3
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 800 0.9
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 34 0.0
Jain Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 13 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 11 4,544 5.2
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 80 0.1
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 7 10,656 12.2
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 129 0.1
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 7 2,422 2.8
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 176 0.2
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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66 19,734 22.7
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 425 0.5
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 6 900 1.0
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 118 0.1
Polish National Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 40 5,226 6.0
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 653 0.7
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 5 4,658 5.3
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 42 10,289 11.8
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 120 0.1
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 765 0.9
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 157 0.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 7 1,059 1.2
Sikh Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 18 1,403 1.6
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 150 0.2
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 3 1,276 1.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 970 1.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 93 23,949 27.5
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 88 0.1
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 589 0.7
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 232 0.3
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 14 0.0
Totals: 704 372,819  

The population of the Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 870,716 in 2010; in 2000 it was 825,875. The total population changed 5.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (372,819) included 42.8% of the total population in 2010.

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 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.