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Monterey 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 21 203,884 464.39
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 24 13,720 31.25
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 27 6,784 15.45
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 11 6,413 14.61
Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 8 4,562 10.39
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 21 3,017 6.87
Conservative Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 2,055 4.68
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 4 2,048 4.66
Reform Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 2 1,971 4.49
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 13 1,896 4.32
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 18 1,715 3.91
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 6 1,486 3.38
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 2 1,457 3.32
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 10 1,335 3.04
Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism Buddhism Family 1 1,296 2.95
Hindu Yoga and Meditation Hinduism 5 1,126 2.56
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 3 766 1.74
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 4 752 1.71
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 6 726 1.65
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 6 576 1.31
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 3 484 1.10
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 8 384 0.87
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 4 378 0.86
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 7 352 0.80
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 2 320 0.73
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 1 314 0.72
National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 1 300 0.68
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 2 240 0.55
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 3 219 0.50
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 200 0.46
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 1 151 0.34
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 140 0.32
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 138 0.31
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 126 0.29
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 111 0.25
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 100 0.23
Association of Vineyard Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 80 0.18
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 75 0.17
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 1 60 0.14
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4 53 0.12
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 1 53 0.12
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 50 0.11
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 50 0.11
Friends General Conference Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 2 45 0.10
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2 38 0.09
Evangelical Covenant Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 2 4 0.01
Grace Gospel Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 1
Conservative Baptist Association of America (CBAmerica) Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 8
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 11
ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3
Unity Churches, Association of Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
The Local Churches Evangelical Protestant 1
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christians Christian Science Family 2
Calvary Chapel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 3
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 3
Chabad Judaism Judaism 1
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 1

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population

The population of this county was 439,035 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (262,050) included 59.7% 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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