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Religious Traditions, 2010

3,502,250 249,191 880,981 10,234,036 154,331 1,744,962 20,488,205
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 1,250 4,759,250 201.08
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 937 392,451 16.58
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 884 405,441 17.13
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 864 189,577 8.01
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 714 290,720 12.28
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 676 88,415 3.74
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 526 261,279 11.04
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 492 194,594 8.22
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 464 205,831 8.70
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 429 148,561 6.28
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 426 184,330 7.79
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 376 148,292 6.27
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 372 82,071 3.47
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 274 78,175 3.30
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 243 67,979 2.87
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 223 52,761 2.23
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 185 50,177 2.12
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 162 11,776 0.50
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 162 52,325 2.21
Jewish Other Judaism 130 76,539 3.23
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 129 14,241 0.60
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 117 34,896 1.47
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 100 40,088 1.69
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 88 13,977 0.59
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 87 14,991 0.63
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 77 18,012 0.76
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 72 13,575 0.57
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 66 21,105 0.89
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 65 9,910 0.42
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 64 14,593 0.62
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 58 6,100 0.26
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 53 44,141 1.87
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 48 2,496 0.11
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 47 11,850 0.50
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 45 15,097 0.64
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 41 7,096 0.30
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 36 30,778 1.30
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 36 6,848 0.29
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 33 16,589 0.70
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 33 8,470 0.36
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 32 6,490 0.27
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 31 3,468 0.15
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 29 7,180 0.30
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 27 14,484 0.61
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 23 2,201 0.09
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 18 2,733 0.12
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 15 1,105 0.05
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 13 1,105 0.05
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 13 570 0.02
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 13 7,310 0.31
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 12 1,063 0.04
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 684 0.03
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 6,474 0.27
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 9 806 0.03
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 7 279 0.01
Church of Jesus Christ, The (Bickertonites) Other Latter-day Saints 7 338 0.01
Mennonite Church, The General Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 1,243 0.05
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist 6 571 0.02
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 5 1,214 0.05
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 285 0.01
Fire Baptized Holiness Church, (Wesleyan), The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 48 0.00
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 912 0.04
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 236 0.01
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 552 0.02
Berean Fundamental Church Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 221 0.01
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 312 0.01
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 141 0.01
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 685 0.03
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,027 0.04
General Church of the New Jerusalem Other Spiritualist 3 113 0.00
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 148 0.01
Christ Catholic Church Evangelical Protestant Catholicism 2 42 0.00
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 265 0.01
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 187 0.01
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 780 0.03
Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 40 0.00
Protestant Reformed Churches in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 148 0.01
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,024 0.04
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 6,025 0.25
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 0 0.00
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 0 0 0.00
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 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
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 0 0.00
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 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 Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 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
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 0 0 0.00
The Protestant Conference (Lutheran) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 0 0 0.00
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Totals: 11,421 8,157,906  

The population of California was 23,667,902 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (8,157,906) included 34.5% 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 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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