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