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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 +74 +4,459 +41.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist +38 +5,984 +40.0%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist +33 -3,047 -5.8%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +15 +1,610 +38.1%
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups +14 -19,729 -47.5%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +11 +8,418 +33.9%
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +10 +1,069 +15.8%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness +8 -1,798 -16.8%
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +6 -1,704 -36.5%
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +6 +2,431 +197.3%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +5 -163 -47.4%
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist +5 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +4 --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints +4 +8,569 +52.3%
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist +4 -755 -13.4%
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +4 +227 +5.8%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist +3 -160 -100.0%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +3 -173 -17.4%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +3 +292 +18.4%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +3 -691 -11.7%
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +2 -2,954 -32.9%
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +2 +84 +129.2%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist +2 --- ---
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness +2 +502 +75.3%
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +2 -3,311 -53.7%
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +2 +228 +40.6%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +2 -1,071 -19.6%
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +2 +404 +17.4%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 +190 +12.1%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness +1 +2,915 +73.3%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +1 -247 -9.9%
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints +1 +154 +33.6%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +1 -9,190 -21.4%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 +447 +64.3%
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +1 --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups +1 --- ---
Tao Other Other Groups +1 --- ---
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +1 +15 +8.8%
Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 +225 +180.0%
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -1,424 -38.2%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +0 -412 -9.3%
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 +15 +75.0%
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist +0 --- ---
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 +146 +15.6%
Jain Other Other Groups +0 --- ---
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 +45 +25.7%
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups +0 -34 -59.6%
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +0 --- ---
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 +2 +1.9%
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -680 -38.9%
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 +100 +16.7%
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -700 -77.8%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +0 -52 -18.3%
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups +0 --- ---
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) -1 -10,800 -72.7%
Bahá'í Other Other Groups -1 +180 +7.0%
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -1 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran -1 -1,982 -26.6%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness -1 -1,229 -15.2%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal -1 +5,309 +20.6%
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -3 -1,177 -42.6%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -4 -308 -83.9%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran -5 -4,132 -14.6%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism -16 -16,964 -17.1%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist -29 -11,689 -18.3%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -49 -35,187 -28.9%
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism -141 -152,097 -4.9%
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 --- --- ---
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
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 --- --- ---
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 --- --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Evangelical Protestant
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International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
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 --- --- ---
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist --- --- ---
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 --- --- ---
Totals: +26 -239,840 -6%

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 6,349,097 in 2000; in 1990 it was 6,016,425. The total population changed 5.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (4,069,606) included 64.1% of the total population in 2000.

* 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.