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Fresno County, California

Denominational Groups, 2000

94,156 28,443 5,158 232,565 19,834 419,251
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 7 1,125 1.4
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 20 6,482 8.1
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant 1 25 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 1 1,400 1.8
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 3 2,834 3.6
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 53 24,084 30.1
Bahá'í Other Theology 3 417 0.5
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 7 4,328 5.4
Buddhism Other Theology 8 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 40 232,565 290.9
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 4 1,429 1.8
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 2 370 0.5
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 4 2,708 3.4
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 3 374 0.5
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 7 781 1.0
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 8 1,520 1.9
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 9 480 0.6
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 34 14,527 18.2
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 3 840 1.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 13 2,692 3.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 30 4,018 5.0
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 191 0.2
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 3 909 1.1
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 466 0.6
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 9 2,230 2.8
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 5 969 1.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 6 2,375 3.0
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 17 6,630 8.3
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 2 106 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 1 203 0.3
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 4 702 0.9
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 1 624 0.8
Hindu Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 800 1.0
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 450 0.6
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 14 4,851 6.1
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 144 0.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 12 722 0.9
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 3 2,300 2.9
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 5 913 1.1
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 17 4,258 5.3
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 5 585 0.7
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 3 2,218 2.8
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 1 667 0.8
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 6 386 0.5
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Baptist Associations/Fellowships Evangelical Protestant 5 914 1.1
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 15 1,590 2.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 16 5,103 6.4
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 1 77 0.1
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 4 568 0.7
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 1 300 0.4
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 13 4,838 6.1
Sikh Other Theology 4 n.a. n.a.
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 42 22,432 28.1
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 1 372 0.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 4 1,378 1.7
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 20 5,380 6.7
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant 1 68 0.1
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 2 258 0.3
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 1 180 0.2
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 515 380,156  
Total (Adjusted)**:   443,335  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 667,490; in 2000 it was 799,407. The total population changed 19.8%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (380,156) include 47.6% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (443,335) include 55.5% 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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