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