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Religious Traditions, 2010

224,726 11,200 308,286 61,544 2,940,199 202,103 2,799,571
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +101 +5,348 +53.6%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist +52 +8,068 +62.7%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +46 +13,060 +64.8%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +34 +3,131 +115.6%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness +25 +1,860 +26.4%
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +23 +2,496 +46.8%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints +18 +13,872 +125.1%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist +16 -16,487 -24.9%
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +16 +1,930 +186.3%
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist +11 +474 +10.7%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +9 +1,198 +175.9%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness +6 +665 +131.9%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +6 +953 +504.2%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness +5 +4,271 +163.7%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +4 -154 -46.0%
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +4 --- ---
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +3 -4,725 -47.6%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist +2 -154 -100.0%
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +1 --- ---
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 +394 +28.7%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +1 +376 +84.7%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +1 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 -1,226 -21.9%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +1 -46 -19.8%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +1 +104 +81.3%
Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 --- ---
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -14,350 -86.2%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness +0 +5,843 +558.1%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist +0 --- ---
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +0 +15 +7.0%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 -60 -36.1%
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -700 -50.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist -1 -4,361 -65.9%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran -1 -1,579 -22.4%
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist -1 --- ---
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness -3 +389 +10.7%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -4 -218 -78.7%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran -5 -4,041 -14.3%
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist -9 --- ---
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -10 -2,412 -60.4%
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist -11 -9,349 -87.3%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal -13 -4,644 -13.0%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism -19 -40,191 -32.9%
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science -20 --- ---
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist -38 -19,519 -27.2%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -63 -49,344 -36.3%
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism -191 -21,160 -0.7%
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Totals: -1 -130,273 -4%

The population of Massachusetts was 6,547,629 in 2010; in 2000 it was 6,349,097. The total population changed 3.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,748,058) included 57.2% of the total population in 2010.

The population of Massachusetts was 6,016,425 in 1990; in 1980 it was 5,737,037. The total population changed 4.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,942,101) included 65.5% of the total population in 1990.

* 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.