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Massachusetts

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 Adherence Rate
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 15 1,451 0.3
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 20 10,684 1.9
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 160 0.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 256 75,749 13.2
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 5 1,620 0.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 73 13,938 2.4
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 19 0.0
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 821 3,040,435 530.0
Christ Catholic Church Evangelical Protestant Catholicism 1 13 0.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 16 2,084 0.4
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 19 1,445 0.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 475 0.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 124 0.0
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 341 0.1
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,266 0.2
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 636 0.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 23 1,519 0.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 21 6,618 1.2
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 38 7,838 1.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 33 2,507 0.4
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 19 5,943 1.0
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 26 4,469 0.8
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 249 141,060 24.6
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 15 3,574 0.6
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 577 0.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 70 30,502 5.3
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 184 0.0
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 39 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 630 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 21 2,153 0.4
Holiness Church of God, Inc., The Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 23 0.0
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 55 0.0
Jewish Other Judaism 82 40,275 7.0
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 3 1,253 0.2
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 24 7,826 1.4
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 51 0.0
Mennonite Church, The General Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 50 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 2 398 0.1
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 29 12,158 2.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 172 0.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 33 6,442 1.1
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 1,064 0.2
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 41 0.0
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,967 0.3
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 34 11,053 1.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 48 8,356 1.5
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 15 2,865 0.5
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist 7 550 0.1
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,799 0.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 161 29,292 5.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 451 149,739 26.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 256 75,653 13.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 116 0.0
Totals: 2,945 3,709,251  

The population of Massachusetts was 5,737,037 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,709,251) included 64.7% of the total population in 1980.

* 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.