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Maryland

Denominational Groups, 2000

409,460 604,648 22,236 952,389 303,163 3,004,590
Evangelical Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational "adherents" include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The historically African American denominations are not included in the 2000 congregation and membership totals. Many are also missing in 1990 and most historically African American denominations are missing in the 1980 reports.
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Reports


Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant 2 72 0.0
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Evangelical Protestant 19 17,601 3.7
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant 1 0 0.0
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 65 0.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 67 37,317 7.8
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church Orthodox 1 135 0.0
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant 1 45 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 1 4,000 0.8
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 107 22,932 4.8
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 5 1,163 0.2
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 1 29 0.0
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 34 0.0
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 104 0.0
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant n.a. 260,695 54.5
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant 4 824 0.2
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 5 275 0.1
Catholic Church Catholic 296 832,763 174.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 23 3,134 0.7
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 21 2,711 0.6
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 34 7,176 1.5
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 31 5,903 1.2
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 1 178 0.0
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Theology 25 n.a. n.a.
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 22 2,336 0.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 84 21,359 4.5
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant 2 135 0.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 28 1,060 0.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 52 21,505 4.5
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 63 11,781 2.5
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 42 7,579 1.6
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant 6 460 0.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 42 7,207 1.5
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant 19 1,759 0.4
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a. n.a.
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 54 0.0
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant 2 93 0.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 221 82,714 17.3
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Mainline Protestant 1 280 0.1
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant 2 278 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 5 495 0.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 214 106,188 22.2
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant 1 28 0.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 2 2,492 0.5
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 12 695 0.2
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 21 2,710 0.6
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 7 n.a. n.a.
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant 11 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 17 11,725 2.5
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 26 18,036 3.8
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 11 1,146 0.2
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 73 0.0
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 6 798 0.2
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 99 210,965 44.1
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 1 517 0.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 69 31,393 6.6
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 46 3,797 0.8
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 25 0.0
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant 3 889 0.2
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 2 189 0.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 3 494 0.1
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 54 0.0
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 6 900 0.2
Old Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant 1 61 0.0
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 4 n.a. n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 4 600 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 142 46,360 9.7
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 43 10,136 2.1
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant 5 1,008 0.2
Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant 2 319 0.1
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 11 1,150 0.2
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant 1 39 0.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 77 24,619 5.2
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 305 131,627 27.5
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox 1 500 0.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 20 6,255 1.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 80 23,417 4.9
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 979 310,008 64.8
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 34 5,682 1.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 2 468 0.1
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 3,519 2,311,614  
The population of these counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 4,781,468. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,311,614) include 48.3% of the total population in 1990.

Source

The 1990 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 132 religious groups, including number of churches and adherents. Martin B. Bradley, Norman M. Green, Jr., Dale E. Jones, Mac Lynn, and Lou McNeil supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1990, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

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The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2000 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of approximately 8 (8.1) in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County are Episcopalian.