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Alameda County, California

Denominational Groups, 2000

71,279 46,051 6,376 306,437 74,420 939,178
Evangelical Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational "adherents" include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The historically African American denominations are not included in the 2000 congregation and membership totals. Many are also missing in 1990 and most historically African American denominations are missing in the 1980 reports.
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Reports


Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 4 226 0.2
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 30 7,594 5.3
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 1 924 0.6
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 38 8,444 5.9
Bahá'í Other Theology 12 863 0.6
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 10 2,740 1.9
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 2 349 0.2
Buddhism Other Theology 47 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 69 306,437 212.3
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 13 1,692 1.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 9 888 0.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 7 1,025 0.7
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 3 492 0.3
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 4 282 0.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 7 648 0.5
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 2 92 0.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 40 16,697 11.6
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 1 32 0.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 10 1,423 1.0
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 24 2,572 1.8
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 3 206 0.1
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 11 1,190 0.8
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 21 5,432 3.8
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 9 2,273 1.6
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 6 1,811 1.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 25 7,734 5.4
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 2 121 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 3 268 0.2
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 5 433 0.3
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 2 4,272 3.0
Hindu Other Theology 14 n.a. n.a.
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox 1 30 0.0
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 1,750 1.2
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 6 4,700 3.3
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 10 1,665 1.2
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 3 576 0.4
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 4 575 0.4
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 8 32,500 22.5
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 16 4,616 3.2
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 3 129 0.1
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 17 22,760 15.8
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 1 43 0.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 1 60 0.0
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Baptist Associations/Fellowships Evangelical Protestant 8 1,261 0.9
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 112 0.1
Orthodox Church in America: Bulgarian Diocese Orthodox 1 451 0.3
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox 1 300 0.2
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 2 399 0.3
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 2 34 0.0
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 3 509 0.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 32 10,017 6.9
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 6 480 0.3
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a. n.a.
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 2 328 0.2
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 8 1,514 1.1
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA (New Gracanica Metropolitanate) Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 12 4,816 3.3
Sikh Other Theology 4 n.a. n.a.
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 78 22,524 15.6
Tao Other Theology 3 n.a. n.a.
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 6 1,600 1.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 21 3,436 2.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 31 9,535 6.6
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 3 200 0.1
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 2 248 0.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 2 235 0.2
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 742 504,563  
Total (Adjusted)**:   634,616  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 1,279,182; in 2000 it was 1,443,741. The total population changed 12.9%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (504,563) include 34.9% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (634,616) include 44.0% of the population.

Source

*The “Unadjusted Totals” come from the 1990 and 2000 data collected by representatives of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). While quite comprehensive, this data excludes most of the historically African-American denominations and some other major groups. As a result, these numbers will be an underestimate of the total adherence rate, particularly in areas with a large African-American population. The 2000 data included 149 religious groups and the final results are published in Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Copyright © 2002, All rights reserved. The 1990 data included 132 groups and the final results are published in Churches and Church Membership in the United States 1990 Copyright © 1990, All rights reserved. Published by Glenmary Research Center, 1312 Fifth Ave., North, Nashville, TN 37208. www.glenmary.org [More information on the data collection]

**The “Adjusted Totals” include all adherents in the denominations counted by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and estimates adherent totals for the historically African-American denominations and other religious groups not listed in the ASARB totals. An article by Roger Finke and Christopher P. Scheitle (2005) reviews how these estimates were computed.

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2000 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of approximately 8 (8.1) in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County are Episcopalian.

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