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Kern County, California

Religious Traditions, 2010

114,724 4,026 7,459 450 245,836 30,687 436,449
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 64 28,843 43.6
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 43 10,515 15.9
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 37 4,687 7.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 35 13,821 20.9
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 30 168,455 254.6
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 20 3,559 5.4
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 19 8,620 13.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 18 4,251 6.4
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 17 3,840 5.8
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 15 3,853 5.8
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 14 4,477 6.8
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 13 3,623 5.5
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 12 985 1.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 1,500 2.3
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 574 0.9
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 9 2,225 3.4
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 457 0.7
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 2,151 3.3
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 1,054 1.6
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 --- ---
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 6 2,312 3.5
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 385 0.6
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 2,288 3.5
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 790 1.2
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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4 5,667 8.6
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 396 0.6
Buddhists Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 280 0.4
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 315 0.5
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 3 1,827 2.8
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 240 0.4
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 1,006 1.5
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 608 0.9
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 223 0.3
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 2 132 0.2
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 188 0.3
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 680 1.0
Jewish Other Judaism 2 1,600 2.4
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Bapti Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 326 0.5
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 291 0.4
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 306 0.5
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 4 0.0
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 144 0.2
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 67 0.1
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 139 0.2
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 112 0.2
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 7 0.0
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 353 0.5
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 282 0.4
Hindus Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Landmark Missionary Baptists, Independent Associations and Unaffiliated Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 31 0.0
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 20 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 33 0.0
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 138 0.2
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 41 0.1
Sikh Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 75 0.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 15 0.0
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism --- --- ---
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, OR Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Friends United Meeting* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: 481 288,811  

The population of Kern County, California was 661,645 in 2000; in 1990 it was 543,477. The total population changed 21.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (288,811) included 43.7% of the total population in 2000.

* 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.