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Santa Barbara County (California)

Religious Traditions, 2010

24,775 1,979 10,610 146,940 1,536 15,951 222,104
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 % Change
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism +2 +82526 +128.1%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints +1 +2309 +46.8%
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +8 +2216 +258.6%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +3 +1581 +99.1%
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +3 +1268 +946.3%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +2 +517 +975.5%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness +1 +280 +116.7%
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist +3 +255 +11%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 +255 +120.3%
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +1 +134 +279.2%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal +1 +134 +22.2%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist +1 +126 +13.7%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness -2 +100 +14.1%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 +61 +58.7%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 0 +45 +23.8%
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 +29 +31.5%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 +12 +7.3%
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 -8 -6.2%
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 -38 -19.9%
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist +1 -51 -51%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 -86 -61%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 -153 -64.6%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist -1 -316 -30.7%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -1 -461 -70.4%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist -1 -559 -56.5%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +1 -805 -30.8%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 -1495 -42.2%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist -1 -1729 -90.2%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran -1 -1884 -52.7%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +9 -2454 -58.2%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 -2505 -46.5%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist +1 --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism --- --- ---
Totals: +32 +79304 +77.5%

The population of Santa Barbara County, California was 298,694 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (104,107) included 34.9% of the total population in 1980.

The population of Santa Barbara County, California was 423,895 in 2010; in 2000 it was 399,347. The total population changed 6.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (201,791) included 47.6% 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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