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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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 15 64,414 215.65
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 5,382 18.02
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 13 4,932 16.51
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 4,220 14.13
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 7 3,572 11.96
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 3,544 11.86
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 7 2,613 8.75
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 2,325 7.78
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 1,917 6.42
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 1,595 5.34
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 1,030 3.45
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 7 990 3.31
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 923 3.09
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 857 2.87
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 857 2.87
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 710 2.38
Jewish Other Judaism 2 706 2.36
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 655 2.19
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 603 2.02
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 240 0.80
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 237 0.79
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 212 0.71
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 191 0.64
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 189 0.63
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 165 0.55
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 141 0.47
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 134 0.45
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 129 0.43
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 104 0.35
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 100 0.33
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 92 0.31
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 90 0.30
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 79 0.26
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 58 0.19
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 53 0.18
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 48 0.16
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
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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0 0 0.00
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Totals: 147 104,107  

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.

* 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 www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

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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