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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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 65 261,966 334.15
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 17 23,743 30.29
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 33 19,117 24.38
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 50 16,585 21.16
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 15 12,507 15.95
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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44 12,350 15.75
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 9 10,220 13.04
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 5 8,762 11.18
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 38 8,578 10.94
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 5 8,529 10.88
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 22 7,240 9.24
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 17 6,389 8.15
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 32 4,681 5.97
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 7 4,522 5.77
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 23 4,227 5.39
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 10 4,000 5.10
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 2,771 3.53
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 10 2,614 3.33
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 16 2,447 3.12
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 16 2,030 2.59
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 2,000 2.55
Macedonian Orthodox Church: American Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 2,000 2.55
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 4 1,547 1.97
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 1,437 1.83
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 6 1,069 1.36
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,010 1.29
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 847 1.08
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 814 1.04
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 804 1.03
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 718 0.92
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 699 0.89
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 3 681 0.87
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 669 0.85
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 658 0.84
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism 1 643 0.82
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 633 0.81
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 600 0.77
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 559 0.71
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 517 0.66
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 1 457 0.58
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 446 0.57
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 370 0.47
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 240 0.31
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 3 220 0.28
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 180 0.23
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 10 173 0.22
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 149 0.19
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 137 0.17
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 136 0.17
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 120 0.15
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 111 0.14
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 110 0.14
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 110 0.14
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 109 0.14
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 108 0.14
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 79 0.10
Bible Fellowship Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 70 0.09
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 60 0.08
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 1 50 0.06
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 43 0.05
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 25 0.03
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 10 0.01
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 0 0.00
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 --- ---
Association of Messianic Congregations Other Judaism 1 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Evangelical Protestant
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1 --- ---
Jain Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 15 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Korean-American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 10 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 608 444,696  

The population of Essex County, New Jersey was 783,969 in 2010; in 2000 it was 793,633. The total population changed -1.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (444,696) included 56.7% 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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