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Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

269,233 95,887 223,815 12,699 452,262 86,603 1,569,990
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 133 452,262 166.9
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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333 130,576 48.2
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 339 108,535 40.0
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 203 52,032 19.2
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 105 42,880 15.8
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 59 37,747 13.9
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 88 34,625 12.8
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 32 27,180 10.0
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 41 25,681 9.5
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 63 18,254 6.7
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 13 18,250 6.7
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 27 14,534 5.4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 25 14,114 5.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 54 12,178 4.5
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 42 11,784 4.3
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 21 11,776 4.3
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 7 11,577 4.3
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 35 10,800 4.0
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 35 10,593 3.9
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 5 10,250 3.8
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 40 9,623 3.6
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 8 9,615 3.5
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 15 6,226 2.3
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 8 5,616 2.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 28 5,560 2.1
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 9 4,800 1.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 19 4,392 1.6
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 23 4,089 1.5
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 3,510 1.3
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 2,749 1.0
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 15 2,591 1.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 8 2,446 0.9
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 11 2,340 0.9
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 13 1,832 0.7
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 1,445 0.5
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 1,352 0.5
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 11 1,301 0.5
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism 3 1,288 0.5
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 8 1,163 0.4
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 3 1,084 0.4
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 9 904 0.3
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 3 721 0.3
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 716 0.3
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 710 0.3
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 5 574 0.2
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 550 0.2
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 513 0.2
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 481 0.2
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 470 0.2
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 417 0.2
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 416 0.2
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 3 411 0.2
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 385 0.1
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 379 0.1
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 350 0.1
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 347 0.1
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 289 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 274 0.1
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 270 0.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 252 0.1
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 250 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 238 0.1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 226 0.1
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 225 0.1
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 185 0.1
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 148 0.1
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 142 0.1
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 126 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 2 118 0.0
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 109 0.0
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 104 0.0
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 98 0.0
Evangelical Friends Church International* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 96 0.0
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 82 0.0
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 5 71 0.0
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 68 0.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 55 0.0
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 50 0.0
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 29 0.0
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 0 ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 15 --- ---
Association of Messianic Congregations Other Judaism 1 --- ---
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 7 --- ---
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 13 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 4 --- ---
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Evangelical Protestant
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1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 33 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 --- ---
Korean-American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Polish National Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 1 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church Hanover Presbytery Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Unaffiliated Friends Meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism 2 --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 19 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Totals: 2,160 1,140,499  

The population of the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 2,710,489 in 2010; in 2000 it was 2,552,994. The total population changed 6.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,140,499) included 42.1% of the total population in 2010.

Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 7 counties: Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Baltimore city, Maryland, Baltimore County, Maryland, Carroll County, Maryland, Harford County, Maryland, Howard County, Maryland, Queen Anne's County, Maryland.

* 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.