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Howard County, Maryland

Religious Traditions, 2010

33,403 2,332 24,571 1,065 54,058 8,163 163,493
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational adherents include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The 2010 reports contain incomplete counts of congregations and adherents belonging to the eight largest historically African-American denominations. These denominations are not included in the 2000 reports and are largely missing from the 1990 and 1980 reports.
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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 30 7,067 24.6
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 30 11,250 39.2
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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25 16,344 56.9
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 9 5,325 18.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 9 4,985 17.4
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 8 54,058 188.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 8 3,117 10.9
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 1,638 5.7
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 1,111 3.9
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 2,522 8.8
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 2,084 7.3
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 2,334 8.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 1,363 4.7
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 --- ---
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 3 496 1.7
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 314 1.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 631 2.2
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 2 600 2.1
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 109 0.4
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 2 26 0.1
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 2 --- ---
Korean-American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 716 2.5
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 2 1,728 6.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 681 2.4
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 124 0.4
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 415 1.4
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 136 0.5
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 74 0.3
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 119 0.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 90 0.3
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 1 856 3.0
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 550 1.9
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 41 0.1
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 416 1.4
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 133 0.5
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 250 0.9
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 61 0.2
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 308 1.1
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 265 0.9
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 1 120 0.4
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism 1 880 3.1
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism 1 --- ---
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 119 0.4
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 109 0.4
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 27 0.1
Totals: 201 123,592  

The population of Howard County, Maryland was 287,085 in 2010; in 2000 it was 247,842. The total population changed 15.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (123,592) included 43.1% of the total population in 2010.

* In an effort to better match the ASARB standards for adherents, a few religious bodies changed the way their adherents were reported in 2010, including the Catholic Church, Amish groups, Friends groups, Jewish groups, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Non-denominational Christian Churches, and the United Methodist Church. This change does not affect any of the data in the newly released 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. In fact, the data for these groups are now more comparable to that of other bodies than it was in previous decadal reports.

However, the change in methodology can distort assessments on growth or decline between 2000 and 2010 for each of these groups. County-level 2000 data using the new methodology are not readily available. ASARB staff has adjusted some 2000 county-level adherent statistics to allow for a more accurate picture on growth or decline. The revised maps and charts are now available on-line at www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

2010 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 236 religious groups, providing information on the number of their congregations and adherents within each state and county in the United States. Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E. Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study, published by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). [More information on the data collection]

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2010 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of 7.6 in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that about 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County were Episcopalian.