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Montgomery County, Maryland

Religious Traditions, 2010

104,377 3,189 73,637 9,889 122,569 70,946 587,170
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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 37 185,136 212.0
Jewish Other Judaism 36 83,800 96.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 61 33,129 37.9
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 64 29,328 33.6
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 8 18,426 21.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 30 14,919 17.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 25 14,714 16.8
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 30 12,210 14.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 27 9,815 11.2
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 15 9,232 10.6
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 22 6,744 7.7
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 6,287 7.2
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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6 3,525 4.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 7 3,347 3.8
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 3,223 3.7
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 5 2,838 3.2
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 2,694 3.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 2,160 2.5
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 1,615 1.8
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 8 1,563 1.8
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 1,486 1.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 1,199 1.4
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,174 1.3
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 924 1.1
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 844 1.0
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 766 0.9
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 760 0.9
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 11 756 0.9
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 612 0.7
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 572 0.7
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 566 0.6
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 505 0.6
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 487 0.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 425 0.5
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 394 0.5
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 375 0.4
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 371 0.4
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 369 0.4
Orthodox Church in America: Bulgarian Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 354 0.4
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 342 0.4
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 280 0.3
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 207 0.2
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 205 0.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 202 0.2
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 190 0.2
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 160 0.2
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 156 0.2
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 110 0.1
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 99 0.1
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 85 0.1
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 81 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 57 0.1
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 54 0.1
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 51 0.1
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism --- --- ---
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Buddhists Other Other Groups 20 --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Georgian Orthodox Parishes in the United States Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Hindus Other Other Groups 17 --- ---
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Jain Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Korean-American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Unaffiliated Friends Meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism --- --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: 546 459,923  

The population of Montgomery County, Maryland was 873,341 in 2000; in 1990 it was 757,027. The total population changed 15.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (459,923) included 52.7% of the total population in 2000.

* 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.