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Alameda County, California

Religious Traditions, 2010

123,422 20,716 40,185 6,640 231,500 87,110 1,000,698
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational adherents include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The 2010 reports contain incomplete counts of congregations and adherents belonging to the eight largest historically African-American denominations. These denominations are not included in the 2000 reports and are largely missing from the 1990 and 1980 reports.
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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 53 231,500 153.3
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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147 61,109 40.5
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 27 29,941 19.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 46 24,929 16.5
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 119 21,951 14.5
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 59 11,268 7.5
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 32 9,391 6.2
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 30 9,345 6.2
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 30 8,019 5.3
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 27 8,017 5.3
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 7,093 4.7
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 6 5,570 3.7
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 18 5,174 3.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 25 4,776 3.2
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 6 4,573 3.0
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 16 4,395 2.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 15 4,166 2.8
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 26 4,123 2.7
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 6 4,105 2.7
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 17 3,869 2.6
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 12 3,812 2.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 22 3,184 2.1
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 9 2,649 1.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 19 2,429 1.6
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 2 2,101 1.4
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 2,075 1.4
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 9 1,920 1.3
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 5 1,819 1.2
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,600 1.1
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,500 1.0
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 6 1,475 1.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 13 1,420 0.9
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 1,371 0.9
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 1,334 0.9
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 1,320 0.9
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,210 0.8
Eritrean Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,050 0.7
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 5 1,025 0.7
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 1,000 0.7
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 12 982 0.7
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 909 0.6
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 15 894 0.6
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 884 0.6
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 11 883 0.6
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 679 0.4
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 5 630 0.4
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 14 622 0.4
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 588 0.4
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 518 0.3
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 450 0.3
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 364 0.2
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 350 0.2
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 310 0.2
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 300 0.2
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 252 0.2
Independent Yearly Meetings of Friends* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 245 0.2
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 233 0.2
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 217 0.1
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 164 0.1
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 164 0.1
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 158 0.1
Hindu, Renaissance Other Other Groups 6 144 0.1
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 143 0.1
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 138 0.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 118 0.1
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 115 0.1
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 103 0.1
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 77 0.1
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism 1 68 0.0
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 58 0.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 56 0.0
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 49 0.0
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 48 0.0
Friends United Meeting* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 34 0.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 18 0.0
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 --- ---
Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 8 --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 --- ---
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 7 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 --- ---
Jain Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 20 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 --- ---
Korean-American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 --- ---
National Spiritualist Association of Churches Other Spiritualist 1 --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups 4 --- ---
Tao Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 6 --- ---
Totals: 1,091 509,573  

The population of Alameda County, California was 1,510,271 in 2010; in 2000 it was 1,443,741. The total population changed 4.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (509,573) included 33.7% of the total population in 2010.

* In an effort to better match the ASARB standards for adherents, a few religious bodies changed the way their adherents were reported in 2010, including the Catholic Church, Amish groups, Friends groups, Jewish groups, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Non-denominational Christian Churches, and the United Methodist Church. This change does not affect any of the data in the newly released 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. In fact, the data for these groups are now more comparable to that of other bodies than it was in previous decadal reports.

However, the change in methodology can distort assessments on growth or decline between 2000 and 2010 for each of these groups. County-level 2000 data using the new methodology are not readily available. ASARB staff has adjusted some 2000 county-level adherent statistics to allow for a more accurate picture on growth or decline. The revised maps and charts are now available on-line at www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

2010 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 236 religious groups, providing information on the number of their congregations and adherents within each state and county in the United States. Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E. Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study, published by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). [More information on the data collection]

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2010 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of 7.6 in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that about 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County were Episcopalian.