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Stanislaus County, California

Denominational Groups, 2000

61,374 12,273 4,502 105,628 11,669 251,551
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 8 771 1.7
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 7 1,160 2.6
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox 3 3,292 7.4
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 1 370 0.8
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 33 11,538 25.8
Bahá'í Other Theology 3 276 0.6
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 301 0.7
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 26 0.1
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 14 105,628 236.3
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 2 149 0.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 4 684 1.5
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 3 1,320 3.0
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 2 1,190 2.7
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 1 315 0.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 5 570 1.3
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 2 98 0.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 21 10,444 23.4
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 3 601 1.3
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 8 1,859 4.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 19 2,359 5.3
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 106 0.2
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 4 339 0.8
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 6 1,810 4.1
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 6 1,589 3.6
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 3 1,167 2.6
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 3 1,091 2.4
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 3 434 1.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 1 201 0.5
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 524 1.2
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 1 840 1.9
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 1,700 3.8
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 6 1,607 3.6
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 2 227 0.5
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 1 500 1.1
Landmark Missionary Baptists, Independent Associations and Unaffiliated Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 73 0.2
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 5 2,025 4.5
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 251 0.6
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 1 300 0.7
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 4 254 0.6
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 2 143 0.3
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 2 194 0.4
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 13 884 2.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 9 2,363 5.3
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a. n.a.
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 2 439 1.0
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant 1 106 0.2
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 3 14,717 32.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 8 2,996 6.7
Sikh Other Theology 2 n.a. n.a.
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 25 10,465 23.4
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 1 149 0.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 2 421 0.9
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 9 4,104 9.2
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 1 172 0.4
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 1 304 0.7
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 278 195,446  
Total (Adjusted)**:   221,804  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 370,522; in 2000 it was 446,997. The total population changed 20.6%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (195,446) include 43.7% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (221,804) include 49.6% 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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