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Onondaga County (New York)

Religious Traditions, 2010

25,349 5,690 42,255 163,488 4,152 18,569 207,523
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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 59 159,183 339.43
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 53 27,027 57.63
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 7,717 16.46
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 13 7,642 16.30
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 22 7,491 15.97
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 25 7,226 15.41
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 22 7,127 15.20
Jewish Other Judaism 12 6,396 13.64
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 2,414 5.15
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 1,818 3.88
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 1,619 3.45
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 1,550 3.31
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
2 1,550 3.31
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 1,360 2.90
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 1,305 2.78
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 1,036 2.21
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 963 2.05
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 910 1.94
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 842 1.80
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 646 1.38
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 611 1.30
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 478 1.02
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 477 1.02
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 450 0.96
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 378 0.81
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 363 0.77
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 282 0.60
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 193 0.41
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 174 0.37
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 161 0.34
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 159 0.34
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 141 0.30
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 134 0.29
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 85 0.18
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 67 0.14
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 57 0.12
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 44 0.09
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 40 0.09
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 24 0.05
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 16 0.03
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Totals: 299 250,156  

The population of Onondaga County, New York was 468,973 in 1990; in 1980 it was 463,920. The total population changed 1.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (250,156) included 53.3% 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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