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: 27.56%

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.