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Essex County, Massachusetts

Religious Traditions, 2010

20,925 376 33,710 11,590 341,970 15,882 318,706
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 70 362,900 501.6
Jewish Other Judaism 29 21,700 30.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 49 15,358 21.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 28 14,064 19.4
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 6 10,272 14.2
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 31 8,713 12.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 24 5,291 7.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 16 3,110 4.3
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 2,844 3.9
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 15 2,725 3.8
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 6 2,228 3.1
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 1,988 2.7
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 1,891 2.6
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 1,430 2.0
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,360 1.9
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 1,103 1.5
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 692 1.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 8 678 0.9
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 650 0.9
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 649 0.9
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 570 0.8
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 546 0.8
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 543 0.8
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 504 0.7
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 483 0.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 463 0.6
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 420 0.6
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 402 0.6
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 400 0.6
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 367 0.5
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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1 300 0.4
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 261 0.4
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 229 0.3
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 3 213 0.3
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 2 211 0.3
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 200 0.3
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 161 0.2
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 121 0.2
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 99 0.1
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 70 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 64 0.1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 1 49 0.1
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 32 0.0
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism --- --- ---
Buddhists Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Hindus Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Evangelical Protestant
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Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups --- --- ---
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
National Spiritualist Association of Churches Other Spiritualist --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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--- --- ---
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: 378 466,354  

The population of Essex County, Massachusetts was 723,419 in 2000; in 1990 it was 670,080. The total population changed 8.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (466,354) included 64.5% 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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