Statistics on the city of Fall River- Quick Facts

  1. Massachusetts currently has 5th lowest percentage of people attending church in any of our 50 states, with only Utah, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont being lower in attendance.
  2. A regular attendee to church is one who attends church on 3 out of 8 weekends.
  3. Studies have shown that the actual head counts of people attending orthodox churches (Catholic, Evangelical, Mainline, and Orthodox) has dropped from 20.4 percent in 1990, to 12.4 percent in 2007.
  4. In Fall River, MA the numbers drop significantly.  Massachusetts has an average church percentage of 12.4 percent, which is much lower than the national average (17.5 percent)
  5. Only 2.6 percent of the population attends an evangelical church each weekend, while the largest percentage, 7.7 percent attend a Catholic service.
  6. The good news is that the percentage of evangelicals although minimal is continuing to grow.
  7. Bristol County had the second lowest percentage of people attending church of any county in MA. Of the 534, 678 people only 13,783 claim to be evangelical.
  8. There are 77 evangelical churches in Bristol County.
  9. Today only the smallest (1-49) and largest churches (2000) in America on average are growing, which necessitates church planting.
  10. Fall River is the 8th largest city in Massachusetts.
  11. The median household income in Fall River is just over $34.000 while the average in the state is 67,000
  12. The median age is 36.
  13. The percentage of households that have children under 18 years old is 29.9%.
  14. Over 40 percent of people in Fall River identified with being of Portuguese heritage
  15. Fall River has the highest percentage of people unemployed in the state_15% and is silently at 25% with 40% of its population not working and either unemployed or disabled
  16. It is one of 3 cities within 50 miles of Boston that has  that has no rail service into the city.
  1. More than one-third of Fall River’s population over the age of 25 does not have a high school diploma, and just 1 in 14  adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  2. Only one homicide has occurred in Fall River in the last two years, but robberies increased 215 percent between 1995 and 2009. And of the 285 robberies that occurred in 2010 alone, 90 percent involved a weapon, and 92 percent occurred inside a business.


 All statistics were taken from the American Church Research Project by David Olsen. and the Census Bureau and