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Santa Cruz County (California)

Religious Traditions, 2010

13,838 238 5,049 50,500 1,104 10,593 181,060
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 Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 12 23,176 123.18
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 4,609 24.50
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 2,632 13.99
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 6 2,206 11.73
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 1,966 10.45
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 1,924 10.23
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 1,698 9.03
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 1,395 7.41
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 4 1,380 7.33
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 1,341 7.13
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 1,009 5.36
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 768 4.08
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 645 3.43
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 535 2.84
Jewish Other Judaism 1 496 2.64
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 490 2.60
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 460 2.44
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 436 2.32
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 362 1.92
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 355 1.89
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 351 1.87
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 313 1.66
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 292 1.55
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 182 0.97
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 142 0.75
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 130 0.69
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 118 0.63
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 89 0.47
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 73 0.39
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 56 0.30
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 54 0.29
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 51 0.27
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 50 0.27
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 0 40 0.21
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Totals: 108 49,824  

The population of Santa Cruz County, California was 188,141 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (49,824) included 26.5% 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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