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Essex County (New Jersey)

Religious Traditions, 2010

34,666 38,687 41,339 261,966 6,188 61,850 339,273
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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 6 1,424 1.67
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 28 11,947 14.04
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 5 869 1.02
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 97 0.11
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 1,055 1.24
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 826 0.97
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 248 0.29
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 99 0.12
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 16 0.02
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 901 1.06
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 72 349,258 410.35
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 32 14,470 17.00
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 194 0.23
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 88 0.10
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 180 0.21
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 194 0.23
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 1,609 1.89
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 6 520 0.61
Jewish Other Judaism 18 11,033 12.96
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 923 1.08
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 728 0.86
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 50 0.06
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 7 2,436 2.86
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 7 1,854 2.18
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 10,575 12.42
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 1,701 2.00
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 352 0.41
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 547 0.64
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 23 8,725 10.25
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 1,785 2.10
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 342 0.40
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 49 18,068 21.23
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 77 0.09
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 2,637 3.10
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 16 7,859 9.23
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist 1 72 0.08
Totals: 347 453,759  

The population of Essex County, New Jersey was 851,116 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (453,759) included 53.3% 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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