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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 10,250 80.22
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 10 3,893 30.47
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 3,506 27.44
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 6 2,908 22.76
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 1,909 14.94
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,551 12.14
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 1,239 9.70
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,063 8.32
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 989 7.74
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 984 7.70
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 800 6.26
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 762 5.96
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 655 5.13
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 595 4.66
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 494 3.87
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 442 3.46
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 405 3.17
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 383 3.00
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 374 2.93
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 371 2.90
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 371 2.90
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 360 2.82
Jewish Other Judaism 1 300 2.35
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 249 1.95
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 220 1.72
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 174 1.36
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 172 1.35
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 165 1.29
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 164 1.28
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 139 1.09
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 126 0.99
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 103 0.81
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 100 0.78
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 76 0.59
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 34 0.27
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 30 0.23
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 25 0.20
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 21 0.16
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 12 0.09
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 --- ---
Totals: 120 36,414  

The population of the Bellingham, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 127,780 in 1990; in 1980 it was 106,701. The total population changed 19.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (36,414) included 28.5% of the total population in 1990.

* 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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