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Worcester County (Maryland)

Religious Traditions, 2010

5,946 782 9,430 8,120 185 443 26,548
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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 6 8,120 157.81
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 36 7,408 143.97
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 12 3,809 74.03
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
7 1,076 20.91
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 5 790 15.35
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 782 15.20
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 744 14.46
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 488 9.48
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 435 8.45
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 370 7.19
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 312 6.06
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 150 2.92
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 104 2.02
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 62 1.20
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 58 1.13
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 53 1.03
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 47 0.91
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 44 0.86
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 35 0.68
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 1 11 0.21
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 8 0.16
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 --- ---
Korean-American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Totals: 101 24,906  

The population of Worcester County, Maryland was 51,454 in 2010; in 2000 it was 46,543. The total population changed 10.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (24,906) included 48.4% of the total population in 2010.

* 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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