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Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

146,838 7,439 205,324 48,378 2,021,038 155,172 1,968,213
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
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints +16 +11,327 +138.0%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +33 +7,391 +65.5%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist +39 +5,948 +94.0%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness -1 +5,788 +525.2%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +80 +3,901 +44.9%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness +6 +3,576 +223.9%
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +19 +2,796 +67.2%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +20 +2,344 +138.5%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness +21 +1,372 +29.0%
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +11 +1,240 +185.6%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +9 +1,141 +174.2%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +8 +1,059 +1,512.9%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness +5 +618 +137.3%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +2 +499 +349.0%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness -1 +306 +14.0%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -2 +264 +77.6%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +2 +151 +29.7%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +0 +57 +228.0%
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +0 +31 +27.9%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist +0 -1 -0.8%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 -60 -36.1%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist +3 -124 -100.0%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran -1 -153 -4.0%
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -200 -33.3%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -4 -218 -78.7%
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist +8 -269 -10.9%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 -803 -16.7%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran -2 -1,243 -8.9%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal -8 -1,865 -6.9%
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -8 -2,536 -71.3%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +0 -4,274 -76.3%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +2 -4,353 -59.6%
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist -7 -6,849 -90.3%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist +13 -11,848 -25.4%
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -11,900 -93.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist -20 -13,658 -27.9%
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism -124 -14,378 -0.7%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism -13 -24,477 -29.7%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -28 -26,254 -32.3%
Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist -7 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science -12 --- ---
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist +0 --- ---
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) -1 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +4 --- ---
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist -1 --- ---
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Totals: +62 -75,654 -3%

The population of the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 4,552,402 in 2010; in 2000 it was 4,391,344. The total population changed 3.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,584,189) included 56.8% of the total population in 2010.

The population of the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 4,133,895 in 1990; in 1980 it was 3,938,585. The total population changed 5.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,750,593) included 66.5% of the total population in 1990.

Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 7 counties: Essex County, Massachusetts, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, Strafford County, New Hampshire, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

* 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.