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Religious Traditions, 2010

88,536 53,071 45,316 68,003 5,595 33,359 327,081
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 64 130,197 165.48
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 55 39,597 50.33
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 55 28,083 35.69
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 61 26,269 33.39
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 40 23,590 29.98
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 15 11,977 15.22
Jewish Other Judaism 6 11,277 14.33
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 20 9,185 11.67
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 11 6,170 7.84
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 5,817 7.39
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 14 4,611 5.86
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 1,935 2.46
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 1,475 1.87
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 1,226 1.56
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 1,059 1.35
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 950 1.21
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 783 1.00
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 704 0.89
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 666 0.85
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 6 535 0.68
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 450 0.57
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 412 0.52
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 332 0.42
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 298 0.38
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 150 0.19
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 132 0.17
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist 1 72 0.09
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 68 0.09
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 58 0.07
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 51 0.06
General Church of the New Jerusalem Other Spiritualist 1 30 0.04
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 0 0 0.00
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 0 0 0.00
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Totals: 403 308,159  

The population of Baltimore city, Maryland was 786,775 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (308,159) included 39.2% of the total population in 1980.

* 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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