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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
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 12 4,546 1.0
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 736 0.2
Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 350 0.1
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 199 34,797 7.6
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 18 --- ---
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 7 4,289 0.9
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 900 0.2
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 5 2,550 0.6
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 91 18,671 4.1
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 16 1,898 0.4
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 43 14,922 3.3
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 9 3,017 0.7
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 13 658 0.1
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 236 0.1
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 339 2,021,038 443.9
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 16 2,487 0.5
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 5 --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 5 0 ---
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 660 0.1
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 182 0.0
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 642 0.1
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 36 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 6,890 1.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 37 4,037 0.9
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 9 1,092 0.2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 604 0.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 41 19,535 4.3
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 5 --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 52 6,095 1.3
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 43 0.0
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 19 1,327 0.3
Churches of Christ in Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 --- ---
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 112 0.0
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 3 306 0.1
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 1,023 0.2
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 34 --- ---
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 36 6,957 1.5
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 28 21,249 4.7
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 2,190 0.5
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 4,000 0.9
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 35 0.0
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 151 58,007 12.7
Eritrean Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 485 0.1
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 12 2,517 0.6
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 15 1,796 0.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 39 12,797 2.8
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 142 0.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 344 0.1
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 21 1,908 0.4
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 1,068 0.2
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 18 1,284 0.3
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 27 27,300 6.0
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 10 5,110 1.1
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 12 444 0.1
Hindu, Renaissance Other Other Groups 6 538 0.1
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 4 655 0.1
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 6 1,035 0.2
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 1,518 0.3
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 --- ---
International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Evangelical Protestant
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8 --- ---
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 423 0.1
Jain Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 46 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 --- ---
Korean-American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 12 3,639 0.8
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 305 0.1
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 72 0.0
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 220 0.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 59 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 23 0.0
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 564 0.1
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 28 18,766 4.1
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 19 2,946 0.6
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 120 0.0
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 353 0.1
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 3 530 0.1
National Spiritualist Association of Churches Other Spiritualist 2 --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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193 47,044 10.3
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 9 2,348 0.5
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 39 10,840 2.4
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 652 0.1
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Polish National Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 27 4,002 0.9
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 1,129 0.2
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 --- ---
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism 5 1,399 0.3
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 31 30,389 6.7
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 --- ---
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 106 0.0
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 87 0.0
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 700 0.2
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 2,293 0.5
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 24 5,173 1.1
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,000 0.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 75 12,275 2.7
Sikh Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 111 12,593 2.8
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist 4 --- ---
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 400 0.1
Tao Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 200 0.0
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism 1 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 91 25,258 5.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 213 55,027 12.1
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 133 35,312 7.8
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 --- ---
United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 5 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 2,650 0.6
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 82 0.0
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 1 188 0.0
Totals: 2,680 2,584,189  

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.

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.