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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 Adherence Rate
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 17 5,405 0.8
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 1,361 0.2
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 279 0.0
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 17 2,040 0.3
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 7 --- ---
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 7 1,585 0.2
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 3 530 0.1
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 6 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 641 2,940,199 449.0
Polish National Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 8 --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 24 --- ---
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 146 33,220 5.1
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 --- ---
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 28 4,038 0.6
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 7 --- ---
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 181 0.0
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,766 0.3
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 6,890 1.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 64 5,840 0.9
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 --- ---
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 820 0.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 66 8,908 1.4
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 43 0.0
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 28 2,260 0.3
Churches of Christ in Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 --- ---
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 149 0.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 45 --- ---
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 49 7,828 1.2
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 37 4,890 0.7
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 35 0.0
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 21 4,135 0.6
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 15 1,879 0.3
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 230 0.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 67 0.0
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 31 2,966 0.5
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 14 1,169 0.2
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 --- ---
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 2,851 0.4
International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Evangelical Protestant
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14 --- ---
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 423 0.1
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 --- ---
Korean-American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 20 5,474 0.8
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 305 0.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 59 0.0
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 564 0.1
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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323 79,443 12.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 790 0.1
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 1,142 0.2
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 87 0.0
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 34 6,880 1.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 117 20,930 3.2
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 147 15,326 2.3
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 20 --- ---
United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 2,720 0.4
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 186 0.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 232 0.0
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 5 --- ---
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 277 49,669 7.6
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 5 0 ---
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 1,584 0.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 238 81,999 12.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 66 24,228 3.7
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 33 2,111 0.3
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 --- ---
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 23 0.0
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 36 5,206 0.8
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 34 4,382 0.7
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 106 0.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 374 86,639 13.2
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 208 52,339 8.0
Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 350 0.1
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 11 6,024 0.9
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 5 2,300 0.4
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 8 4,050 0.6
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 236 0.0
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 4,000 0.6
Eritrean Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 485 0.1
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 39 33,755 5.2
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 7 1,080 0.2
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 72 0.0
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 220 0.0
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 13 3,663 0.6
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 1,070 0.2
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 5 2,339 0.4
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,000 0.2
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 700 0.1
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 200 0.0
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 25 2,757 0.4
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 56 15,340 2.3
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 17 11,467 1.8
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 18 1,697 0.3
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 49 --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 51 24,965 3.8
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 6 612 0.1
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 34 26,215 4.0
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 12 8,594 1.3
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 20 820 0.1
Hindu, Renaissance Other Other Groups 7 579 0.1
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 4 1,648 0.3
Jain Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 83 --- ---
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 39 21,768 3.3
National Spiritualist Association of Churches Other Spiritualist 4 --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 4 --- ---
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 49 12,660 1.9
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism 8 2,628 0.4
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 41 38,999 6.0
Sikh Other Other Groups 6 --- ---
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist 5 --- ---
Tao Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism 2 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 140 31,143 4.8
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 7 --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 1 211 0.0
Totals: 4,200 3,748,058  

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.

* 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.