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Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

269,233 95,887 223,815 452,262 12,699 86,603 1,569,990
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic Orthodox 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 Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 359 130,192 51.00
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 153 53,660 21.02
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 139 536,423 210.12
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 109 60,580 23.73
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 91 39,885 15.62
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 62 24,001 9.40
Jewish Other Judaism 56 109,200 42.77
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 47 9,760 3.82
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 46 10,042 3.93
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 37 15,906 6.23
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 31 8,922 3.49
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 31 10,673 4.18
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 31 7,053 2.76
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 31 8,036 3.15
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 22 16,606 6.50
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 4,152 1.63
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 14 4,765 1.87
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 14 2,417 0.95
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 13 2,205 0.86
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 13 2,752 1.08
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 12 19,453 7.62
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 10 826 0.32
Buddhists Other Other Groups 9 --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 9 1,443 0.57
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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9 15,350 6.01
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 8 1,042 0.41
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 4,965 1.94
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 2,299 0.90
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 7 2,018 0.79
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 629 0.25
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 352 0.14
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 306 0.12
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 376 0.15
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 1,156 0.45
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 840 0.33
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 200 0.08
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 546 0.21
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 10,677 4.18
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 325 0.13
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 3 316 0.12
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 249 0.10
Hindus Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 375 0.15
Sikh Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 468 0.18
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 160 0.06
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 1,056 0.41
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 85 0.03
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 2 175 0.07
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 444 0.17
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 605 0.24
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 266 0.10
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 62 0.02
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 89 0.03
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 30 0.01
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 37 0.01
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 85 0.03
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 76 0.03
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 290 0.11
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Vasiloupulis Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,260 0.49
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 100 0.04
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 150 0.06
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 123 0.05
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 570 0.22
Totals: 1,503 1,127,104  

The population of the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 2,552,994 in 2000; in 1990 it was 2,382,172. The total population changed 7.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,127,104) included 44.1% 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.


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