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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 % Change
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +177 +615,267 1304.0%
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant +13 +975 692.0%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +21 +3,749 377.0%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant +13 +4,017 323.0%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant +52 +12,206 313.0%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant +29 +18,133 249.0%
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant +1 +4,554 153.0%
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant +4 +4,880 120.0%
Catholic Church Catholic +54 +3,090,053 119.0%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant +17 +5,719 118.0%
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant +7 +955 112.0%
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant +1 +125 82.0%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +8 +23,285 73.0%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +183 +45,498 69.0%
Protestant Reformed Churches in America Evangelical Protestant 0 +97 66.0%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant +21 +6,231 64.0%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant +47 +4,482 55.0%
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant +13 +926 42.0%
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant 0 +1,846 41.0%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +212 +55,811 33.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +46 +23,218 30.0%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology +180 +47,233 25.0%
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 0 +22 24.0%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant +11 +4,678 23.0%
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant +7 +164 16.0%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant +1 +365 14.0%
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox +2 +875 14.0%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant +4 +2,817 11.0%
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant +169 +5,460 8.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant +33 +1,335 4.0%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant -4 -1,436 -2.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +8 -1,017 -3.0%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology -7 -342 -7.0%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant +59 -7,992 -8.0%
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant +18 -1,727 -8.0%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant +19 -8,151 -12.0%
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 0 -243 -19.0%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant +42 -24,373 -20.0%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant +5 -1,716 -25.0%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant +15 -2,736 -25.0%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant -18 -26,399 -26.0%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant -4 -7,039 -27.0%
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 0 -32 -32.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant +6 -47,591 -34.0%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant -8 -10,305 -36.0%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant -1 -1,220 -43.0%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant +13 -7,746 -48.0%
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant -5 -2,590 -48.0%
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant -4 -8,069 -56.0%
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant -2 -567 -62.0%
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 0 -3,190 -76.0%
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant +1 +80 n.a.
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox +2 +2,680 n.a.
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant +1 +19 n.a.
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant +37 +5,383 n.a.
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant +3 +312 n.a.
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant +1 +63 n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant +49 +3,204 n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox +5 +2,003 n.a.
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox +4 +2,291 n.a.
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant +2 +107 n.a.
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant +13 +809 n.a.
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant +44 +2,515 n.a.
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +48 +72,015 n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +40 +149,950 n.a.
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant +1 +167 n.a.
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +15 +12,021 n.a.
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant +1 +15 n.a.
  Totals: +1,725 +4,074,129 +97.5%

The population of these 5 counties (or equivalents) in 1980 was 11,497,568; in 2000 it was 16,373,645. The total population changed 12.7%. The adherent totals for 1980 (4,194,636) represent 36.5% of the 1980 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (8,521,347) include 52.0% of the 2000 population. The totals represent the change in groups that reported in both 1980 and 2000 only. There is sufficient data for 68 groups to calculate 1980-2000 change. These 68 groups had 4,176,647 adherents in 1980 and 8,250,776 adherents in 2000, for a change of 97.5%

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 1980 data were collected by the Glenmary Research Center and include statistics for 111 Judeo-Christian church bodies, including number of churches and adherents. Bernard Quinn, Herman Anderson, Martin Bradley, Paul Goetting and Peggy Shriver supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1980, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

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