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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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents % Change
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +10 +1,474 +2,498.3%
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +10 +2,275 +1,083.3%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +4 +662 +827.5%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +49 +18,827 +464.6%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints +29 +23,729 +298.7%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +13 +3,617 +257.3%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness +6 +1,211 +247.6%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +68 +19,871 +229.1%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +24 +2,063 +227.5%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +34 +5,267 +178.2%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist +59 +16,002 +171.7%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement +3 +800 +163.6%
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +0 +891 +163.2%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +171 +35,622 +143.6%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement +16 +1,452 +122.9%
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 +1,100 +57.9%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal +1 +1,220 +27.9%
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +2 +166 +27.5%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist +57 +12,429 +16.9%
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +7 +209 +11.6%
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism -31 +276,791 +9.4%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement +5 +208 +5.0%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +0 +5 +3.4%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness +8 -551 -7.6%
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist -1 -113 -16.7%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist -33 -45,556 -24.8%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 -250 -27.2%
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist +1 -68 -27.4%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness +4 -2,582 -29.3%
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist +0 -348 -29.9%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran -14 -35,112 -35.9%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +2 -2,762 -37.7%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran -1 -144 -37.8%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -15 -76,144 -43.8%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran -4 -13,979 -46.0%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism -46 -71,600 -48.7%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -11 -12,222 -52.7%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -13 -29,984 -55.2%
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist -1 -313 -63.5%
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist -2 -293 -67.5%
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +3 -6,611 -70.9%
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups -1 -106 -73.6%
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist -5 -2,889 -75.4%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness -2 -2,006 -75.7%
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist +9 -32,738 -81.1%
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist -22 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist +2 --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church -1 --- ---
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +0 --- ---
Totals: +395 +89,520 +2%

The population of New Jersey was 8,791,894 in 2010; in 2000 it was 8,414,350. The total population changed 4.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (4,809,520) included 54.7% of the total population in 2010.

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 for those who are interested in these trends.


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.

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