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Los Angeles County, California

Denominational Groups, 2000

587,981 300,009 69,947 3,806,377 764,062 3,990,962
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
Catholic Church Catholic 278 3,806,377 399.9
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 202 564,700 59.3
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 312 111,634 11.7
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 239 97,347 10.2
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 48 92,919 9.8
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 211 73,217 7.7
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 11 71,500 7.5
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 260 64,327 6.8
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 177 54,676 5.7
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 225 52,362 5.5
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 167 52,125 5.5
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 121 48,495 5.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 84 46,304 4.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 116 32,408 3.4
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 16 25,320 2.7
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 96 25,116 2.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 62 23,789 2.5
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 5 23,600 2.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 109 19,507 2.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 105 19,347 2.0
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 32 13,490 1.4
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 6 13,182 1.4
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 63 12,526 1.3
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 12,429 1.3
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 53 12,347 1.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 51 11,682 1.2
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 33 8,790 0.9
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 8 7,845 0.8
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 30 7,828 0.8
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 48 7,174 0.8
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 12 6,591 0.7
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox 2 6,500 0.7
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 4 6,345 0.7
Bahá'í Other Theology 44 6,346 0.7
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 40 6,330 0.7
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 14 6,161 0.7
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 40 5,928 0.6
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 2 4,800 0.5
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 31 4,540 0.5
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 20 4,295 0.5
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 13 4,087 0.4
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 33 4,028 0.4
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 36 3,998 0.4
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 6 3,788 0.4
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 18 3,337 0.4
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 22 3,215 0.3
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 19 2,729 0.3
Orthodox Church in America: Bulgarian Diocese Orthodox 3 2,788 0.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 13 2,750 0.3
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox 1 2,288 0.2
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 10 2,173 0.2
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 3 1,731 0.2
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 12 1,570 0.2
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 16 1,392 0.2
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 18 1,309 0.1
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 9 1,352 0.1
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 11 1,285 0.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 8 1,257 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 22 1,255 0.1
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 25 1,175 0.1
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant 3 1,030 0.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 23 1,066 0.1
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox 2 1,070 0.1
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Baptist Associations/Fellowships Evangelical Protestant 5 933 0.1
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox 2 840 0.1
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 7 777 0.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 7 546 0.1
Macedonian Orthodox Church: American Diocese Orthodox 1 600 0.1
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 2 468 0.1
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 14 440 0.1
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 6 372 0.0
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 7 335 0.0
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, American Diocese of the Orthodox 1 375 0.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Vasiloupulis Orthodox 1 315 0.0
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant 4 277 0.0
Landmark Missionary Baptists, Independent Associations and Unaffiliated Churches Evangelical Protestant 4 156 0.0
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 3 210 0.0
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant 1 228 0.0
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 1 80 0.0
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant 1 63 0.0
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 3 112 0.0
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox 1 90 0.0
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox 1 135 0.0
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant 1 15 0.0
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant 1 34 0.0
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 1 20 0.0
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant 1 19 0.0
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 33 0.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 1 31 0.0
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a. n.a.
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 3 n.a. n.a.
Buddhism Other Theology 145 n.a. n.a.
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA (New Gracanica Metropolitanate) Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Sikh Other Theology 14 n.a. n.a.
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a. n.a.
Tao Other Theology 4 n.a. n.a.
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox 8 n.a. n.a.
Zoroastrian Other Theology 2 n.a. n.a.
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 4 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 37 n.a. n.a.
Hindu Other Theology 37 n.a. n.a.
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 4,043 5,528,376  
Total (Adjusted)**:   6,684,650  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 8,863,164; in 2000 it was 9,519,338. The total population changed 7.4%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (5,528,376) include 58.1% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (6,684,650) include 70.2% 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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