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Sacramento County, California

Denominational Groups, 2000

124,469 40,490 6,417 224,265 56,278 771,580
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
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 66 30,936 25.3
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 56 20,451 16.7
Catholic Church Catholic 41 224,265 183.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 40 27,227 22.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 25 7,419 6.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 21 3,044 2.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 20 8,705 7.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 18 4,328 3.5
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 17 6,438 5.3
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 17 10,869 8.9
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 15 3,650 3.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 12 3,510 2.9
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 12 4,878 4.0
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 11 4,639 3.8
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 9 6,637 5.4
Bahá'í Other Theology 9 1,266 1.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 9 4,376 3.6
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 8 7,254 5.9
Buddhism Other Theology 8 n.a. n.a.
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 8 1,862 1.5
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 7 16,800 13.7
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 7 689 0.6
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 7 2,532 2.1
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 6 1,247 1.0
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 6 1,028 0.8
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 6 627 0.5
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 6 588 0.5
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 6 356 0.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 6 757 0.6
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 5 457 0.4
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 5 20,595 16.8
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Baptist Associations/Fellowships Evangelical Protestant 5 779 0.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 5 1,546 1.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 5 903 0.7
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 5 357 0.3
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 5 n.a. n.a.
Hindu Other Theology 4 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 4 2,600 2.1
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 4 2,908 2.4
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 4 623 0.5
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 4 1,594 1.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 4 843 0.7
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 4 246 0.2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 3 141 0.1
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 3 1,804 1.5
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 278 0.2
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 2 639 0.5
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 58 0.1
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 2 2,994 2.5
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 2 898 0.7
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 2 306 0.3
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 2 443 0.4
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant 1 205 0.2
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 1 450 0.4
Sikh Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox 1 108 0.1
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox 1 52 0.0
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 1 146 0.1
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 1 171 0.1
Allegheny Wesleyan Methodist Connection Evangelical Protestant 1 28 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 1 616 0.5
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Vasiloupulis Orthodox 1 1,750 1.4
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 1 301 0.3
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 1 56 0.1
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 1 61 0.1
Landmark Missionary Baptists, Independent Associations and Unaffiliated Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 40 0.0
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 1 33 0.0
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 1 79 0.1
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 433 0.4
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 583 451,919  
Total (Adjusted)**:   542,595  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 1,041,219; in 2000 it was 1,223,499. The total population changed 17.5%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (451,919) include 36.9% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (542,595) include 44.3% 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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