Based on data published in the 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 Yearbooks from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
, the percentage decline in total marriages for each Metropolis & Archdiocesan District was tabulated from 2002 to 2009 ("review period"): The 3 Metropolises with the greatest declines in total marriages in the review period were:
Metropolis of Boston: 38.80%
Metropolis of San Francisco: 38.64%
Archdiocesan District: 31.27%
The rest (in descending order of percentage decrease)
Metropolis of Atlanta: 26.10%
Metropolis of New Jersey: 23.49%
Metropolis of Denver: 19.57%
Metropolis of Detroit: 19.21%
Metropolis of Pittsburgh: 18.18%
Metropolis of Chicago: 15.52%
For the Entire Archdiocese
One interesting statistic is that the number of Orthodox/Orthodox weddings from 2002 to 2009 remained unchanged (for Metropolis of Pittsburgh) and showed a 2.41% increase (for the Metropolis of Detroit). In calendar year 2008, there were 54 Orthodox/Orthodox weddings for the Metropolis of Detroit. In 2009, there were 85 weddings in the same Metropolis.
Another observation: the Metropolis of Boston & San Francisco each registered more than 40% decline in InterChristian marriages and more than 30% decline in Orthodox/Orthodox marriages during the review period. Only the Metropolis of Atlanta and New Jersey encountered a greater than 30% decline in Orthodox/Orthodox marriages during the review period.
Once the data is obtained from the other GOA Yearbooks online (to complete 2003, 2004, & 2005), a more complete statistical analysis will be presented.
The next study will include Baptisms and Chrismations.