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Middlesex County, Massachusetts

Religious Traditions, 2010

41,270 2,276 70,053 23,641 718,209 68,480 579,156
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
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 2,037 1.4
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 36 0.0
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 24 0.0
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 179 0.1
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 106 718,209 477.8
Polish National Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 5 --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 28 3,703 2.5
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 163 0.1
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 --- ---
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 3 102 0.1
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 20 0.0
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 1,176 0.8
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 19 1,815 1.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 5 422 0.3
Churches of Christ in Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 --- ---
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 63 0.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 --- ---
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 1,453 1.0
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 360 0.2
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 35 0.0
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 1,393 0.9
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 622 0.4
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 142 0.1
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 369 0.2
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 0 ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Evangelical Protestant
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3 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 --- ---
Korean-American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 1,200 0.8
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 30 0.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 59 0.0
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 147 0.1
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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62 15,674 10.4
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 120 0.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 627 0.4
Primitive Methodist Church in the USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 87 0.1
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 1,764 1.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 29 3,690 2.5
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 39 4,407 2.9
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 1,627 1.1
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 69 11,226 7.5
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 1 0 ---
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 664 0.4
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 52 17,809 11.8
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 15 5,493 3.7
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 5 767 0.5
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 59 0.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 1,473 1.0
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 106 0.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 67 17,033 11.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 46 15,423 10.3
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,250 0.8
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 400 0.3
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 2,275 1.5
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 116 0.1
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 4,000 2.7
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 12 13,310 8.9
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 72 0.0
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 220 0.1
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 255 0.2
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 700 0.5
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 43 0.0
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,000 0.7
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 11 888 0.6
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 21 8,745 5.8
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 6 1,934 1.3
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 4 311 0.2
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 12 --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 19 8,420 5.6
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 102 0.1
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 10 9,234 6.1
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 5 2,659 1.8
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 6 249 0.2
Hindu, Renaissance Other Other Groups 2 387 0.3
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 2 600 0.4
Jain Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 14 --- ---
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 11 5,580 3.7
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 15 4,400 2.9
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism 2 659 0.4
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 14 13,092 8.7
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist 2 --- ---
Tao Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 33 11,075 7.4
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 1 145 0.1
Totals: 915 923,929  

The population of Middlesex County, Massachusetts was 1,503,085 in 2010; in 2000 it was 1,465,396. The total population changed 2.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (923,929) included 61.5% of the total population in 2010.

* 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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