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Plymouth County, Massachusetts

Religious Traditions, 2010

13,159 611 23,724 1,140 165,985 6,129 284,171
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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 45 344,319 791.0
Jewish Other Judaism 9 34,728 79.8
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 27 10,514 24.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 15 9,180 21.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 23 5,098 11.7
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 4,029 9.3
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 18 3,912 9.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 14 2,853 6.6
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 5 1,895 4.4
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 1,781 4.1
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,320 3.0
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
2 1,040 2.4
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 1,007 2.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 798 1.8
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 736 1.7
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 646 1.5
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 599 1.4
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 485 1.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 483 1.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 385 0.9
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 360 0.8
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 228 0.5
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 208 0.5
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 143 0.3
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 112 0.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 108 0.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 68 0.2
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 60 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 4 47 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 35 0.1
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 7 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Totals: 230 427,177  

The population of Plymouth County, Massachusetts was 435,276 in 1990; in 1980 it was 405,437. The total population changed 7.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (427,177) included 98.1% 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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