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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 % Change
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant -7 -2,437 -64.0%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant +60 -5,797 -7.0%
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox +1 +2,288 n.a.
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant +1 +80 n.a.
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant +1 +125 82.0%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +110 +24,204 60.0%
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant +1 +20 n.a.
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant +9 -1,358 -9.0%
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant -2 -394 -46.0%
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant +1 +19 n.a.
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant +2 +125 147.0%
Catholic Church Catholic +16 +1,901,760 100.0%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant +22 +4,494 168.0%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -5 -6,969 -36.0%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant -2 +8,600 57.0%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant +28 +2,183 53.0%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant +10 -5,595 -49.0%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +9 +1,289 48.0%
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant -1 -66 -67.0%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant +22 +1,255 n.a.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +19 +385 0.0%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant -1 -1,139 -42.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant +23 -1,648 -8.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant -10 -1,494 -7.0%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant +9 +140 1.0%
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 0 +1,898 43.0%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant -62 -26,850 -37.0%
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant +2 +2,796 83.0%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +11 +5,695 267.0%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant -22 -26,312 -45.0%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +1 +31 n.a.
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant +10 -1,858 -32.0%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant +2 -1,179 -27.0%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +8 +7,845 n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +11 +71,500 n.a.
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +16 +25,320 n.a.
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +110 -1,166 -2.0%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +5 +2,563 331.0%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +147 +528,115 1444.0%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant +6 -10,491 -30.0%
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant +12 +299 212.0%
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant -1 +547 68.0%
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant -1 -315 -58.0%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant -2 -8,623 -68.0%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant +6 +372 n.a.
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant +1 +15 n.a.
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant +2 +45 67.0%
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox +2 +1,070 n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox +3 +1,731 n.a.
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant -1 -383 -41.0%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant +25 +1,175 n.a.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant +25 -23,060 -31.0%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +17 +113 12.0%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 0 -1,112 -14.0%
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant +1 +63 n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant +12 +2,407 38.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +19 +11,309 30.0%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +125 +17,871 19.0%
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox +1 +475 8.0%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology -4 -776 -22.0%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -6 -4,351 -27.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant -2 -30,159 -36.0%
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant -1 -3,223 -81.0%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +31 +4,540 n.a.
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant -2 +138 12.0%
  Totals: +823 +2,468,145 +85.6%

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1980 was 7,477,503; in 2000 it was 9,519,338. The total population changed 7.4%. The adherent totals for 1980 (2,896,151) represent 38.7% of the 1980 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (5,528,376) include 58.1% of the 2000 population. The totals represent the change in groups that reported in both 1980 and 2000 only. There is sufficient data for 65 groups to calculate 1980-2000 change. These 65 groups had 2,883,745 adherents in 1980 and 5,351,890 adherents in 2000, for a change of 85.6%

Sources

The 2000 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and includes statistics for 149 religious groups, including number of churches and adherents. Dale E. Jones, Sherri Doty, Clifford Grammich, James E. Horsch, Richard Houseal, Mac Lynn, John P. Marcum, Kenneth M. Sanchagrin and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Religious Congregations & Membership in the United States, 2000, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

The 1980 data were collected by the Glenmary Research Center and include statistics for 111 Judeo-Christian church bodies, including number of churches and adherents. Bernard Quinn, Herman Anderson, Martin Bradley, Paul Goetting and Peggy Shriver supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1980, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

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