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Orange County, California

Denominational Groups, 2000

228,801 104,299 10,629 779,647 151,215 1,571,698
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 2 149 0.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 20 6,034 2.1
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 4 1,966 0.7
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox 1 392 0.1
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 1 1,400 0.5
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 1 1,848 0.7
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 71 21,198 7.5
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 1 0 0.0
Bahá'í Other Theology 27 2,137 0.8
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 9 1,369 0.5
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 2 120 0.0
Buddhism Other Theology 40 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 35 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 61 779,647 273.9
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 19 2,588 0.9
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 10 2,595 0.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 22 14,973 5.3
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 19 3,140 1.1
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 7 778 0.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 11 3,244 1.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 5 283 0.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 115 48,776 17.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 1 63 0.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 22 7,544 2.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 41 5,162 1.8
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 4 510 0.2
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant 1 167 0.1
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 10 4,836 1.7
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox 3 n.a. n.a.
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 22 12,652 4.5
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 5 2,212 0.8
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 16 9,116 3.2
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 37 22,140 7.8
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 8 1,074 0.4
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 9 1,438 0.5
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 240 0.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 2 2,253 0.8
Hindu Other Theology 13 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 13 43,100 15.1
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 12 22,490 7.9
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 28 3,758 1.3
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 2 141 0.1
Jain Other Theology 2 n.a. n.a.
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 28 60,000 21.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 30 19,073 6.7
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 1 676 0.2
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 1 100 0.0
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 200 0.1
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 16 39,583 13.9
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 2 305 0.1
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 2 123 0.0
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 12 2,249 0.8
Orthodox Church in America: Bulgarian Diocese Orthodox 1 770 0.3
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox 1 1,200 0.4
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 6 494 0.2
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 3 184 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 38 25,740 9.0
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 7 3,678 1.3
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 5 14,911 5.2
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 5 4,885 1.7
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 1 400 0.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 16 7,134 2.5
Sikh Other Theology 2 n.a. n.a.
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 77 32,652 11.5
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox 1 400 0.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 7 719 0.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 13 2,464 0.9
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 43 15,757 5.5
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant 2 411 0.1
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 2 96 0.0
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 16 7,699 2.7
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 2 345 0.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 3 810 0.3
Zoroastrian Other Theology 4 n.a. n.a.
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 1,085 1,274,591  
Total (Adjusted)**:   1,440,621  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 2,410,556; in 2000 it was 2,846,289. The total population changed 18.1%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,274,591) include 44.8% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (1,440,621) include 50.6% 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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