Did you know that nearly 800,000 people in America are members of an Orthodox Church? Here are some fast facts about Orthodoxy put together by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America.
- With 476,000 people, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese is the largest Orthodox Church in America. The Albanian Diocese is the smallest, with 700 people.
- Orthodox Churches are growing. From 2000 to 2012, the number of parishes and communities increased by 17%. However, only 26% of people attend church weekly.
- 49% of parishes say they are trying to preserve a strong ethnic identity.
- Chicago’s Cook County has 49 Orthodox parishes and missions, the highest number of any county in America.
- Orthodox Church members make up 0.3% of the US population.
- 45% of Orthodox Church members live in five states: New York (14%), California (10%), Illinois (8%), Pennsylvania (7%), and Massachusetts (6%). Comparatively, only 29% of the country’s general population lives in those states.