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Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

146,838 7,439 205,324 2,021,038 48,378 155,172 1,968,213
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic Orthodox 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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 420 2,200,905 501.19
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 78 14,634 3.33
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 15 2,581 0.59
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 500 0.11
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 217 0.05
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 4,015 0.91
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 29 2,878 0.66
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 621 0.14
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 46 8,000 1.82
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 18 1,501 0.34
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 65 0.01
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 33 5,183 1.18
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 25 5,552 1.26
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 17 2,597 0.59
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 20 0.00
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 1,225 0.28
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 1,262 0.29
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 16 2,409 0.55
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 634 0.14
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 70 0.02
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 3,595 0.82
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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5 4,900 1.12
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 6,162 1.40
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 10 0.00
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 12 4,066 0.93
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 367 0.08
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 86 0.02
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 510 0.12
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 626 0.14
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 242 0.06
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 26 5,916 1.35
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 44 7,852 1.79
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 56 10,803 2.46
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 2,155 0.49
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 64 0.01
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 170 35,776 8.15
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 49 0.01
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 2,408 0.55
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 164 68,634 15.63
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 40 13,654 3.11
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 17 902 0.21
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 1,270 0.29
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 57 0.01
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 16 3,184 0.73
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 25 5,092 1.16
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 104 0.02
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 238 76,996 17.53
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 147 43,966 10.01
Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 125 0.03
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 7 6,632 1.51
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 2,520 0.57
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 6 12,070 2.75
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 27 33,330 7.59
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Vasiloupulis Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 650 0.15
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 6 784 0.18
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 175 0.04
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 5 966 0.22
Orthodox Church in America: Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 2,950 0.67
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 612 0.14
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 --- ---
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 300 0.07
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 900 0.20
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 20 1,736 0.40
Buddhists Other Other Groups 43 --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 35 12,514 2.85
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 3 384 0.09
Hindus Other Other Groups 19 --- ---
Jain Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Jewish Other Judaism 153 224,000 51.01
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 20 35,888 8.17
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Tao Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 92 19,900 4.53
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 2,218 2,910,751  

The population of the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 4,391,344 in 2000; in 1990 it was 4,133,895. The total population changed 6.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,910,751) included 66.3% 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.


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