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Merced County, California - County Membership Report (2020)

Exact definitions of "congregations" and "adherents" vary by religious body. Congregations may be parishes, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, or another site where a religious body has regularly scheduled worship services. Adherents generally are members, children who are not members, and others who are not members but are considered participants in the congregation.

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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 15 95,362 339.12
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 14 8,768 31.18
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 13 4,196 14.92
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 29 2,979 10.59
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 5 2,915 10.37
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 16 1,855 6.60
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 6 1,270 4.52
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 5 1,199 4.26
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 6 1,163 4.14
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 3 772 2.75
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 6 692 2.46
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 5 604 2.15
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 7 520 1.85
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 519 1.85
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 1 500 1.78
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 3 460 1.64
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 422 1.50
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 2 366 1.30
Evangelical Covenant Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 1 311 1.11
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 3 286 1.02
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 2 280 1.00
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 1 246 0.87
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 1 192 0.68
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 178 0.63
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 1 160 0.57
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 1 155 0.55
American Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 140 0.50
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 2 140 0.50
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 98 0.35
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 93 0.33
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 35 0.12
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 17 0.06
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 1 11 0.04
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 1 0 0.00
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 0 0.00
ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 2
Church of Christ (Holiness) U.S.A Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1
Unity Churches, Association of Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 9
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Conservative Baptist Association of America (CBAmerica) Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2
American Sikh Council Other Other Groups Family 2
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 2
The Local Churches Evangelical Protestant 1
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 9

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population

The population of this county was 281,202 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (126,904) included 45.1% of the total population in 2020. The adherence rate is the number of adherents of a given group per 1,000 people in the general population.

Note that data collection methods for religious bodies change over time, affecting the comparability of statistics. For further information, see the U.S. Religion Census website at

The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 372 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 155.

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