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Bakersfield, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

114,724 4,026 7,459 245,836 450 30,687 436,449
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 49 19,976 49.56
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 37 8,364 20.75
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 35 4,207 10.44
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 32 79,888 198.19
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 21 8,519 21.13
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 18 5,920 14.69
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 16 3,705 9.19
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 15 6,748 16.74
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 13 1,204 2.99
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 1,001 2.48
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 11 2,917 7.24
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 1,816 4.51
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 10 2,193 5.44
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 9 2,337 5.80
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 1,581 3.92
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 529 1.31
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 8 2,049 5.08
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 1,420 3.52
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 3,082 7.65
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 861 2.14
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 185 0.46
Jewish Other Judaism 3 413 1.02
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 708 1.76
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 750 1.86
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 546 1.35
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 116 0.29
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 165 0.41
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 334 0.83
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 167 0.41
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 307 0.76
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 177 0.44
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 70 0.17
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 31 0.08
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 208 0.52
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
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
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 0 0 0.00
Totals: 354 162,494  

The population of the Bakersfield, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 403,089 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (162,494) included 40.3% 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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