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Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA CMSA

Denominational Groups, 2000

1,167,703 514,964 83,825 5,688,881 1,065,974 7,852,298
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
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant 7 596 0.0
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Evangelical Protestant 7 7,458 0.5
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant 6 882 0.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 288 102,669 7.1
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox 2 805 0.1
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 2 88 0.0
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant 2 257 0.0
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant 1 30 0.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 416 94,143 6.5
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 3 574 0.0
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 57 23,551 1.6
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 9 788 0.1
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant n.a. 334,825 23.0
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant 2 102 0.0
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant 13 1,986 0.1
Catholic Church Catholic 452 4,231,735 291.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 84 10,659 0.7
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 25 2,272 0.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 90 23,276 1.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 111 38,291 2.6
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 45 12,647 0.9
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Theology 123 n.a. n.a.
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 52 8,860 0.6
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 63 7,680 0.5
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant 10 693 0.1
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 2 87 0.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 35 1,683 0.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 590 236,707 16.3
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 19 2,646 0.2
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant 3 429 0.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 169 44,582 3.1
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant 3 107 0.0
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 246 39,452 2.7
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant 4 1,539 0.1
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 69 n.a. n.a.
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 8 6,912 0.5
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 1 111 0.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 151 77,660 5.3
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Mainline Protestant 1 431 0.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 71 21,449 1.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 214 87,651 6.0
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 3 215 0.0
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant 5 394 0.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 4 198 0.0
Fire Baptized Holiness Church, (Wesleyan), The Evangelical Protestant 4 34 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 55 5,072 0.4
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 44 6,915 0.5
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 15 n.a. n.a.
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant 52 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 64 78,500 5.4
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 59 70,595 4.9
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 314 81,440 5.6
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 26 4,299 0.3
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 184 622,595 42.8
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 1 495 0.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 173 69,764 4.8
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 6 347 0.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 19 1,313 0.1
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 27 6,299 0.4
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant 4 647 0.0
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 23 6,627 0.5
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 14 720 0.1
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant 1 27 0.0
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 10 2,062 0.1
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 15 n.a. n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox 5 n.a. n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 7 n.a. n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 46 3,579 0.3
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 248 112,555 7.8
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 26 2,637 0.2
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 29 30,813 2.1
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant 1 28 0.0
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant 3 95 0.0
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 35 5,153 0.4
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant 3 129 0.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 211 110,970 7.6
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 391 229,145 15.8
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox 3 9,000 0.6
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 30 4,381 0.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 96 24,397 1.7
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 295 119,766 8.2
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 24 3,936 0.3
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 16 3,722 0.3
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 6,047 7,045,177  
The population of these counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 14,531,529. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (7,045,177) include 48.5% of the total population in 1990.

Source

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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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.