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Portland-South Portland, ME, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

20,227 404 36,037 1,213 81,703 9,680 364,834
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
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 53 12,531 24.4
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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41 7,967 15.5
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 41 7,312 14.2
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 38 81,703 158.9
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 37 5,990 11.7
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 18 1,678 3.3
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 18 6,684 13.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 2,323 4.5
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 14 --- ---
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 12 1,587 3.1
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 10 698 1.4
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 7 3,358 6.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 7 1,970 3.8
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 605 1.2
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 1,577 3.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 7 1,423 2.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 274 0.5
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 5 234 0.5
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 1,221 2.4
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 4 --- ---
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 157 0.3
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 4 116 0.2
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 3 519 1.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 360 0.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 474 0.9
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 547 1.1
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 77 0.1
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 3 924 1.8
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 3 205 0.4
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 297 0.6
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 2 88 0.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 7 0.0
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 64 0.1
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 104 0.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 274 0.5
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 800 1.6
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 250 0.5
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 164 0.3
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 697 1.4
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 1 395 0.8
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 107 0.2
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 102 0.2
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 1 837 1.6
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 480 0.9
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 10 0.0
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Evangelical Protestant
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1 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 304 0.6
National Spiritualist Association of Churches Other Spiritualist 1 --- ---
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 132 0.3
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 1,015 2.0
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 88 0.2
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 315 0.6
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist 1 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 189 0.4
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 31 0.1
Totals: 441 149,264  

The population of the Portland-South Portland, ME, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 514,098 in 2010; in 2000 it was 487,568. The total population changed 5.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (149,264) included 29.0% of the total population in 2010.

Portland-South Portland, ME, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 3 counties: Cumberland County, Maine, Sagadahoc County, Maine, York County, Maine.

* 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.