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