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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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 29 75,000 138.00
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 58 25,425 46.78
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 28 11,630 21.40
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 43 10,734 19.75
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 8,667 15.95
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 16 6,125 11.27
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 19 5,638 10.37
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 16 4,547 8.37
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 36 4,338 7.98
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 12 4,294 7.90
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 4,175 7.68
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 16 3,329 6.13
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 3,000 5.52
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 2,811 5.17
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 23 2,540 4.67
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 2,383 4.38
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 6 2,170 3.99
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 9 2,133 3.92
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 1,773 3.26
Jewish Other Judaism 3 1,400 2.58
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 1,345 2.47
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 1,196 2.20
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 1,176 2.16
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 729 1.34
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 586 1.08
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 461 0.85
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 445 0.82
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 412 0.76
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 352 0.65
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 269 0.49
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 237 0.44
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 225 0.41
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 203 0.37
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 190 0.35
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 174 0.32
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 117 0.22
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 112 0.21
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 85 0.16
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 78 0.14
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 69 0.13
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 50 0.09
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 30 0.06
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 14 0.03
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 6 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Totals: 433 190,667  

The population of the Bakersfield, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 543,477 in 1990; in 1980 it was 403,089. The total population changed 34.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (190,667) included 35.1% of the total population in 1990.

* 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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