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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
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 +425 +195.9%
Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 +225 +180.0%
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +4 +1,382 +143.1%
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +4 +1,292 +105.5%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +3 +503 +80.4%
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 +15 +75.0%
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 +47 +72.3%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness +1 +2,875 +71.6%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness +0 +434 +68.5%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist +31 +4,423 +56.3%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints +6 +7,021 +56.1%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +5 +534 +42.3%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +8 +1,159 +40.3%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist +0 +34 +39.5%
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 +100 +33.3%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +3 +160 +32.0%
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 +251 +32.0%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +0 +18 +28.1%
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +2 +142 +27.8%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +13 +4,037 +27.6%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal -1 +5,358 +26.9%
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 +45 +25.7%
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +11 +1,405 +25.3%
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +3 +495 +23.0%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +55 +1,790 +16.6%
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 +88 +14.4%
Bahá'í Other Other Groups -4 +162 +9.3%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 +2 +1.9%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist +29 -979 -2.7%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +1 -17 -2.7%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +1 -94 -3.6%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran -1 -857 -6.3%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +3 -238 -7.5%
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism -81 -179,867 -8.2%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +0 -427 -10.5%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +1 -174 -11.6%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness -2 -743 -12.6%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism -13 -10,627 -15.5%
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist +3 -407 -15.7%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -6,030 -18.1%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist -14 -8,654 -19.7%
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints +0 -78 -20.3%
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +5 -501 -20.8%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +2 -1,090 -21.4%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness +6 -1,905 -23.8%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -25 -21,969 -28.5%
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -2,343 -35.3%
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups +8 -17,122 -47.7%
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -5 -1,385 -57.5%
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups +0 -34 -59.6%
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -1,620 -64.3%
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +0 -4,644 -75.4%
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -700 -77.8%
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) -1 -9,520 -78.9%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -4 -308 -83.9%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist +4 -49 -100.0%
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism --- --- ---
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +3 --- ---
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 Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist +1 --- ---
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 --- --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist +2 --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -1 --- ---
International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Evangelical Protestant
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International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Jain Other Other Groups +1 --- ---
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 --- --- ---
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +1 --- ---
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist +3 --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +1 --- ---
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups +1 --- ---
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist --- --- ---
Tao Other Other Groups +1 --- ---
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 --- --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups +0 --- ---
Totals: +76 -237,960 -9%

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 4,391,344 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.