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Religious Traditions, 2010

380,347 129,935 502,797 72,431 3,235,290 488,720 3,982,374
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 Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 37 40,368 5.5
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 225 73,691 10.0
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 132 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,900 0.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 136 24,808 3.4
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 124 0.0
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 52 0.0
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 760 2,958,499 401.7
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 36 4,052 0.6
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 38 3,315 0.5
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 7 1,181 0.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 489 0.1
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 3,830 0.5
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 22 7,328 1.0
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 16 2,649 0.4
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 46 2,956 0.4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 30 7,944 1.1
Church of Jesus Christ, The (Bickertonites) Other Latter-day Saints 5 223 0.0
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 145 0.0
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 546 0.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 37 7,283 1.0
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 34 4,181 0.6
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 48 9,882 1.3
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 248 0.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 308 146,990 20.0
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Mainline Protestant Lutheran 4 882 0.1
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 493 0.1
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 604 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 15 1,406 0.2
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 203 97,756 13.3
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 59 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 489 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 35 4,700 0.6
General Church of the New Jerusalem Other Spiritualist 1 24 0.0
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 150 0.0
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 80 0.0
Jewish Other Judaism 150 64,902 8.8
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 153 0.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 69 30,401 4.1
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 308 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 2 144 0.0
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 1,162 0.2
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 920 0.1
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 434 0.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 16 1,800 0.2
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 379 174,029 23.6
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 907 0.1
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 30 0.0
Protestant Reformed Churches in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 39 0.0
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 142 54,350 7.4
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 7 658 0.1
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 24 8,826 1.2
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 678 0.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 70 9,321 1.3
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 46 8,675 1.2
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist 1 72 0.0
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 9,321 1.3
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 210 0.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 20 4,375 0.6
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 62 23,206 3.2
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 590 183,608 24.9
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 381 0.1
Totals: 3,708 3,988,369  

The population of New Jersey was 7,364,823 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,988,369) included 54.2% 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.