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Somerset County (New Jersey)

Religious Traditions, 2010

13,158 1,076 27,472 98,951 1,200 15,078 166,509
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
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 590 2.46
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 366 1.52
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 172 0.72
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 756 3.15
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 3,476 14.47
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 29 91,406 380.42
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 282 1.17
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 38 0.16
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 40 0.17
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 21 0.09
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,214 5.05
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 281 1.17
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 194 0.81
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 9 5,481 22.81
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 408 1.70
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 4 1,521 6.33
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Jewish Other Judaism 5 7,750 32.25
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 1,471 6.12
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 269 1.12
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 14 6,827 28.41
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 217 0.90
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 19 6,585 27.41
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 231 0.96
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 31 0.13
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 658 2.74
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 283 1.18
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 16 5,192 21.61
Totals: 140 135,760  

The population of Somerset County, New Jersey was 240,279 in 1990; in 1980 it was 203,129. The total population changed 18.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (135,760) included 56.5% of the total population in 1990.

* 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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