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Essex County (New Jersey)

Religious Traditions, 2010

34,666 38,687 41,339 261,966 6,188 61,850 339,273
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
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 44 16,385 20.65
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,000 1.26
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 20 3,002 3.78
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 3 185 0.23
Buddhists Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 66 280,095 352.93
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 742 0.93
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 1,513 1.91
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 757 0.95
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 65 0.08
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 1,431 1.80
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 239 0.30
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 796 1.00
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 687 0.87
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 1,388 1.75
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 555 0.70
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 162 0.20
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 31 9,327 11.75
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 196 0.25
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 665 0.84
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 9 2,052 2.59
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 50 0.06
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 43 0.05
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 63 0.08
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 151 0.19
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 2,487 3.13
Hindus Other Other Groups 4 --- ---
Jain Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Jewish Other Judaism 31 76,200 96.01
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 739 0.93
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 225 0.28
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 14 21,751 27.41
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 457 0.58
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 44 0.06
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 26 0.03
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 43 10,432 13.14
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 224 0.28
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 1,269 1.60
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 2,145 2.70
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 13 1,863 2.35
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 1,179 1.49
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 1,110 1.40
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 682 0.86
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 14 4,336 5.46
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 22 5,258 6.63
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 0 0.00
Totals: 419 451,976  

The population of Essex County, New Jersey was 793,633 in 2000; in 1990 it was 778,206. The total population changed 2.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (451,976) included 57.0% 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 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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