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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 % Change
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +10 +3103 +315.3%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints +4 +2530 +87%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist +3 +65 +9.9%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness +1 +1670 +759.1%
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist +1 -180 -50%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran +1 -1254 -32.2%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +1 +293 +38.5%
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +1 +579 +156.1%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 0 -119 -20%
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 0 --- ---
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 +19 +3.8%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 0 -138 -31.2%
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 --- ---
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 0 +8 +6.3%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 -66 -17.2%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 0 -108 -8.7%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 -665 -83.1%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 -75 -45.5%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 0 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 -83 -7.8%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 -84 -5.4%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 +75 +43.6%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 -125 -30.9%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 0 +159 +63.9%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 +730 +73.8%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 -811 -42.5%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness -1 -201 -53.7%
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism -2 +3147 +30.7%
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -2 -77 -55.4%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -5 -1424 -40.6%
Totals: +12 +6968 +19.9%

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.

The population of the Bellingham, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 201,140 in 2010; in 2000 it was 166,814. The total population changed 20.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (58,182) included 28.9% 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 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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