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Religious Traditions, 2010

302,320 10,857 74,992 801,850 7,828 161,530 1,735,936
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 92 308,464 165.68
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 76 31,872 17.12
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 58 28,411 15.26
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 42 23,856 12.81
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 31 22,615 12.15
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 32 18,381 9.87
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 35 16,894 9.07
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 31 13,486 7.24
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 44 10,920 5.87
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 26 9,294 4.99
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 25 7,458 4.01
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 25 7,112 3.82
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 12 6,969 3.74
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 40 6,365 3.42
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 13 4,703 2.53
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 16 4,581 2.46
Jewish Other Judaism 8 4,465 2.40
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 3,375 1.81
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 2,828 1.52
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 2,565 1.38
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 2,376 1.28
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,838 0.99
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 1,598 0.86
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 1,587 0.85
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 10 1,530 0.82
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 7 1,187 0.64
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 5 1,154 0.62
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 1,101 0.59
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 974 0.52
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 920 0.49
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 774 0.42
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 3 750 0.40
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 5 650 0.35
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 533 0.29
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 531 0.29
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 6 407 0.22
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 395 0.21
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 381 0.20
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 352 0.19
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 257 0.14
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 255 0.14
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 196 0.11
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 179 0.10
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 155 0.08
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 77 0.04
Church of Jesus Christ, The (Bickertonites) Other Latter-day Saints 1 74 0.04
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist 1 72 0.04
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 70 0.04
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 65 0.03
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 56 0.03
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 47 0.03
General Church of the New Jerusalem Other Spiritualist 1 30 0.02
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 26 0.01
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 13 0.01
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
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical 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
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 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: 752 555,224  

The population of San Diego County, California was 1,861,846 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (555,224) included 29.8% 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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