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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 Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 420 2,200,905 501.2
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 238 76,996 17.5
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 170 35,776 8.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 164 68,634 15.6
Jewish Other Judaism 153 224,000 51.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 147 43,966 10.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 92 19,900 4.5
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 78 14,634 3.3
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 56 10,803 2.5
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 46 8,000 1.8
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 44 7,852 1.8
Buddhists Other Other Groups 43 --- ---
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 40 13,654 3.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 35 12,514 2.8
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 33 5,183 1.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 29 2,878 0.7
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 27 33,330 7.6
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 26 5,916 1.3
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 25 5,552 1.3
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 25 5,092 1.2
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 20 1,736 0.4
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 20 35,888 8.2
Hindus Other Other Groups 19 --- ---
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 18 1,501 0.3
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 17 2,597 0.6
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 17 902 0.2
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 16 2,409 0.5
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 16 3,184 0.7
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 15 2,581 0.6
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 12 4,066 0.9
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 634 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 1,262 0.3
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 2,408 0.5
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 1,225 0.3
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 7 6,632 1.5
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 621 0.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 626 0.1
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 6 12,070 2.7
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 6 784 0.2
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 2,155 0.5
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 3,595 0.8
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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5 4,900 1.1
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 367 0.1
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 5 966 0.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 500 0.1
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 1,270 0.3
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 242 0.1
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 217 0.0
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 4,015 0.9
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 3 384 0.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Vasiloupulis Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 650 0.1
Orthodox Church in America: Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 2,950 0.7
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 510 0.1
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 --- ---
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 2,520 0.6
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 125 0.0
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 49 0.0
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 65 0.0
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 20 0.0
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 70 0.0
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 6,162 1.4
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 10 0.0
Jain Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 175 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 57 0.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 86 0.0
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 104 0.0
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 612 0.1
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 300 0.1
Tao Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 900 0.2
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 64 0.0
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism --- --- ---
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Churches of Christ in Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Eritrean Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Evangelical Protestant
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International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Korean-American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Spiritualist Association of Churches Other Spiritualist --- --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Polish National Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism --- --- ---
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist --- --- ---
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism --- --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: 2,218 2,910,751  

The population of the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 4,391,344 in 2000; in 1990 it was 4,133,895. The total population changed 6.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,910,751) included 66.3% of the total population in 2000.

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.