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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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 6,106 2.8
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 7 0.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 18 13,600 6.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 26 4,835 2.2
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 106 0.0
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 132 0.1
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 136 382,872 174.1
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 542 0.2
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 10 960 0.4
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 12 1,762 0.8
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 14 3,248 1.5
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 1,059 0.5
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 2,865 1.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 38 4,254 1.9
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 11 4,434 2.0
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 16 2,775 1.3
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 2,589 1.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 13 2,383 1.1
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 51 0.0
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 98 55,852 25.4
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 298 0.1
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 111 71,981 32.7
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 70 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 984 0.4
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 8 970 0.4
General Church of the New Jerusalem Other Spiritualist 1 30 0.0
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 450 0.2
Jewish Other Judaism 13 13,702 6.2
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 34 18,962 8.6
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 231 0.1
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 150 0.1
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 65 0.0
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 139 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 68 29,647 13.5
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 14 4,450 2.0
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 954 0.4
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 1,524 0.7
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 38 12,384 5.6
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 113 52,312 23.8
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist 1 72 0.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 7 1,139 0.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 33 11,348 5.2
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 391 148,448 67.5
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 161 0.1
Totals: 1,295 860,903  

The population of the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 2,199,531 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (860,903) included 39.1% of the total population in 1980.

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 for those who are interested in these trends.


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.

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