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San Luis Obispo County, California

Denominational Groups, 2000

22,321 8,944   68,264 7,592 139,560
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 Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant +1 +77 14.2%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant -2 +223 13.8%
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 0 +235 38.3%
Catholic Church Catholic -1 +32,687 91.9%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -2 -146 -62.9%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 0 +97 16.1%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 0 +42 210.0%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 0 -17 -22.1%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 0 +26 22.0%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +1 +1,470 37.2%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 0 +466 16.9%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 0 -107 -12.9%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 0 -65 -3.7%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +2 +640 64.0%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant +1 +261 18.5%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant +1 +64 533.3%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 0 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 0 +50 4.5%
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant -1 +550 31.4%
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +1 +1,032 209.3%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +1 +200 13.3%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 0 -255 -15.1%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 0 -8 -5.4%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 0 +238 301.3%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant +1 +259 16.8%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 0 +139 85.8%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 0 +35 77.8%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 0 -18 -1.8%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 0 -725 -30.5%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 0 +26 14.2%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 0 -162 -16.4%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 0 -221 -9.2%
  Totals: +3 +37,093 +55.7%

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 217,162; in 2000 it was 246,681. The total population changed 13.6%. The adherent totals for 1990 (68,269) represent 31.4% of the 1990 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (107,121) include 43.4% of the 2000 population. The totals represent the change in groups that reported in both 1990 and 2000 only. There is sufficient data for 31 groups to calculate 1990-2000 change. These 31 groups had 66,543 adherents in 1990 and 103,636 adherents in 2000, for a change of 55.7%

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 1990 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 132 religious groups, including number of churches and adherents. Martin B. Bradley, Norman M. Green, Jr., Dale E. Jones, Mac Lynn, and Lou McNeil supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1990, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

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