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Maryland - State Membership Report (2000)

Exact definitions of "congregations" and "adherents" vary by religious body. Congregations may be parishes, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, or another site where a religious body has regularly scheduled worship services. Adherents generally are members, children who are not members, and others who are not members but are considered participants in the congregation.

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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 309 952,389 179.82
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 927 297,729 56.21
Jewish Congregations Judaism Judaism Family 107 216,000 40.78
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 405 142,401 26.89
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 210 103,644 19.57
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 217 81,061 15.30
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 31 52,867 9.98
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 85 44,959 8.49
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 144 44,243 8.35
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 108 31,715 5.99
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 102 30,411 5.74
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 70 27,544 5.20
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 26 26,095 4.93
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 81 25,882 4.89
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 116 25,214 4.76
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 75 19,210 3.63
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 43 15,755 2.97
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 14 15,552 2.94
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 8 14,112 2.66
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 52 13,539 2.56
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 61 11,031 2.08
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 49 8,576 1.62
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 51 8,466 1.60
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 35 8,002 1.51
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 31 7,765 1.47
Converge Worldwide Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 5 6,129 1.16
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 22 6,068 1.15
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 13 3,854 0.73
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2 3,513 0.66
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 19 3,147 0.59
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 22 2,811 0.53
American Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 14 2,484 0.47
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 15 2,357 0.45
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 30 2,346 0.44
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Vasiloupolis Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 2,305 0.44
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 17 2,211 0.42
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 13 2,042 0.39
Mennonite Church, USA Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 25 1,961 0.37
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 13 1,914 0.36
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 7 1,864 0.35
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 18 1,837 0.35
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 8 1,755 0.33
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 3 1,642 0.31
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 25 1,405 0.27
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 8 1,354 0.26
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 18 1,221 0.23
Armenian Apostolic Church (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 924 0.17
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 7 918 0.17
Moravian Church in America (Unitas Fratrum), Northern Province Mainline Protestant 3 882 0.17
Free Methodist Church – USA Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 12 866 0.16
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 4 857 0.16
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 4 637 0.12
Association of Vineyard Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 609 0.11
Brethren Church (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 4 556 0.10
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the U.S.A. Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 3 552 0.10
Malankara (Indian) Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 3 525 0.10
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 4 502 0.09
Conservative Baptist Association of America (CBAmerica) Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 3 480 0.09
Brethren in Christ Church Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 5 462 0.09
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant Other Groups Family 5 433 0.08
Old Order Amish Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 6 420 0.08
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 5 419 0.08
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 414 0.08
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 385 0.07
Bulgarian Diocese of the Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 354 0.07
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 5 351 0.07
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 292 0.06
Syrian (Syriac) Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 280 0.05
Old Order Mennonite Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 218 0.04
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 190 0.04
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 181 0.03
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 2 145 0.03
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 1 118 0.02
Evangelical Covenant Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 1 103 0.02
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 90 0.02
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 85 0.02
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 65 0.01
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 49 0.01
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 38 0.01
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 37 0.01
Apostolic Christian Church (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 1 34 0.01
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 24 0.00
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 19 0.00
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection (Original Allegheny Conference) Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 1 0 0.00
Buddhists Buddhism Buddhism Family 32
Calvary Chapel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 5
Hindus Hinduism Hinduism Family 26
Jain Other Other Groups Family 2
Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 7
Reformed Baptist Church Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A. Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1
American Sikh Council Other Other Groups Family 6
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 17
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this state was 5,296,486 in 2000. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,291,896) included 43.3% of the total population in 2000. The adherence rate is the number of adherents of a given group per 1,000 people in the general population.

Note that data collection methods for religious bodies change over time, affecting the comparability of statistics. For further information, see the U.S. Religion Census website at https://www.usreligioncensus.org/.

The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 372 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 155.

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