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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 % Change
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints -6 +5192 +58.2%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist +9 +2570 +36.4%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +8 +2136 +21.3%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -5 +2024 +20.7%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +1 +1461 +30.7%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness +10 +1337 +48.6%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness -2 +544 +24.7%
Bahá'í Other Other Groups +1 +475 +57.5%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal +1 +428 +21.2%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist -1 +240 +5.8%
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +1 +227 +184.6%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -1 +196 +17%
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist +2 +185 +217.6%
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 +111 +18.3%
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 +100 +66.7%
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 0 +95 +30.1%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +2 +78 +48.8%
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 +57 +67.1%
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +1 +45 +9.6%
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 +42 +67.7%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness +2 +41 +10.9%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -1 +41 +13.4%
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +2 +40 +16.1%
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 +26 +26%
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 0 +9 +10.1%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 0 -14 -5.3%
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 -52 -26%
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 0 -57 -32.6%
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 -59 -13.3%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 -64 -22.1%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 -78 -22.2%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +4 -80 -0.7%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +1 -130 -15.5%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 -140 -43.1%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness -2 -159 -25.3%
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +1 -191 -33.5%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist -2 -320 -85.3%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +1 -427 -4%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 0 -539 -37.4%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -1 -585 -24.2%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness -3 -854 -37.1%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +50 -1628 -3%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -3 -2476 -30.8%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist -1 -4830 -29.1%
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups +15 -4919 -25.3%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran -2 -5106 -32.1%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism -3 -5260 -13.2%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 -5747 -23.9%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran -4 -17700 -29.2%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist -20 -21657 -16.6%
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism -6 -84161 -15.7%
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism --- --- ---
Association of Messianic Congregations Other Judaism --- --- ---
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 0 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Evangelical Congregational Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Evangelical Friends Church International* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist -1 --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 --- ---
International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Evangelical Protestant
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Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Korean-American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 --- ---
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Polish National Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism --- --- ---
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist +1 --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church Hanover Presbytery Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups -1 --- ---
Unaffiliated Friends Meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism --- --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: +49 -139533 -14%

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.

The population of the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 2,710,489 in 2010; in 2000 it was 2,552,994. The total population changed 6.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,140,499) included 42.1% 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 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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