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Religious Traditions, 2010

693,990 157,854 500,112 24,799 837,338 201,283 3,358,176
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
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 72 0.0
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 19 17,601 3.7
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 0 ---
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 65 0.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 67 37,317 7.8
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 135 0.0
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 45 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 4,000 0.8
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 107 22,932 4.8
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,163 0.2
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 29 0.0
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 104 0.0
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 260,695 54.5
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 824 0.2
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 275 0.1
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 296 832,763 174.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 23 3,134 0.7
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 21 2,711 0.6
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 34 7,176 1.5
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 31 5,903 1.2
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 178 0.0
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 25 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 22 2,336 0.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 84 21,359 4.5
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 135 0.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 28 1,060 0.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 52 21,505 4.5
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 63 11,781 2.5
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 42 7,579 1.6
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 460 0.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 42 7,207 1.5
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 19 1,759 0.4
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 54 0.0
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 34 0.0
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 93 0.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 221 82,714 17.3
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 280 0.1
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 278 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 495 0.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 214 106,188 22.2
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 28 0.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 2,492 0.5
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 1,146 0.2
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 12 695 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 21 2,710 0.6
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 7 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 11 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 17 11,725 2.5
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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26 18,036 3.8
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 73 0.0
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 798 0.2
Jewish Other Judaism 99 210,965 44.1
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 517 0.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 69 31,393 6.6
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 46 3,797 0.8
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 25 0.0
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 889 0.2
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 189 0.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 494 0.1
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 54 0.0
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 900 0.2
Old Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 61 0.0
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 --- ---
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 600 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 142 46,360 9.7
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 43 10,136 2.1
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 5 1,008 0.2
Regular Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 319 0.1
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 1,150 0.2
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 39 0.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 77 24,619 5.1
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 305 131,627 27.5
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 500 0.1
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 20 6,255 1.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 80 23,417 4.9
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 979 310,008 64.8
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 34 5,682 1.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 468 0.1
Totals: 3,519 2,311,614  

The population of Maryland was 4,781,468 in 1990; in 1980 it was 4,216,975. The total population changed 13.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,311,614) included 48.3% of the total population in 1990.

* 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.