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Bellingham, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

25,842 9,859 13,397 370 8,714 142,958
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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 8 4,911 46.03
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 12 4,497 42.15
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 11 3,713 34.80
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 2,398 22.47
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 2,184 20.47
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 1,993 18.68
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,490 13.96
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,253 11.74
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 968 9.07
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 913 8.56
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 892 8.36
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 755 7.08
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 724 6.79
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 550 5.15
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 481 4.51
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 370 3.47
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 344 3.22
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 318 2.98
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 291 2.73
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 253 2.37
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 241 2.26
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 215 2.01
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 214 2.01
Protestant Reformed Churches in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 190 1.78
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 180 1.69
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 175 1.64
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 158 1.48
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 150 1.41
Mennonite Church, The General Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 143 1.34
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 99 0.93
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 90 0.84
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 70 0.66
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 65 0.61
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 58 0.54
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 49 0.46
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 30 0.28
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 10 0.09
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 6 0.06
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
Jewish Other Judaism 0 0 0.00
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Totals: 112 31,441  

The population of the Bellingham, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 106,701 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (31,441) included 29.5% 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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