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Penobscot County (Maine)

Religious Traditions, 2010

7,523 9,715 16,581 300 2,936 116,868
Evangelical 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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 19 4,819 33.25
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 18 28,136 194.15
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 14 2,257 15.57
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 14 2,458 16.96
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 587 4.05
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 6 1,227 8.47
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,049 7.24
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 750 5.18
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 741 5.11
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 493 3.40
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 789 5.44
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 109 0.75
Jewish Other Judaism 3 1,000 6.90
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 242 1.67
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 187 1.29
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 218 1.50
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 510 3.52
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 10 0.07
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 41 0.28
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 24 0.17
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 103 0.71
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 248 1.71
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 86 0.59
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 52 0.36
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 543 3.75
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 1,200 8.28
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 229 1.58
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 200 1.38
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 185 1.28
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 265 1.83
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 14 0.10
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 37 0.26
Totals: 132 48,809  

The population of Penobscot County, Maine was 144,919 in 2000; in 1990 it was 146,601. The total population changed -1.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (48,809) included 33.7% 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 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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