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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
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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81 38,689 46.1
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 18 --- ---
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 18 5,332 6.4
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 880 1.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 8 2,106 2.5
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 424 0.5
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 900 1.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 32 4,069 4.8
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 270 0.3
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 55 0.1
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 540 0.6
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 339 0.4
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 74 27,075 32.2
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 30 245,836 292.8
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 4 --- ---
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 230 0.3
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 200 0.2
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 20 0.0
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 7 --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 220 0.3
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 209 0.2
Friends United Meeting* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 13 0.0
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 7 2,332 2.8
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 1,769 2.1
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 160 0.2
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 15 3,335 4.0
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 121 0.1
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 294 0.4
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 --- ---
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 1 60 0.1
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 2 518 0.6
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 39 21,095 25.1
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 2 317 0.4
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 75 0.1
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 375 0.4
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 12 3,187 3.8
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 1,831 2.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 16 0.0
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 1,142 1.4
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 196 0.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 275 0.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 13 2,952 3.5
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 167 0.2
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 3 1,578 1.9
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 1 1,365 1.6
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 2 379 0.5
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 10 0.0
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 900 1.1
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 4 4,218 5.0
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 5 0.0
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, OR Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 46 0.1
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 45 13,060 15.6
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 --- ---
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 1,257 1.5
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 15 2,349 2.8
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 265 0.3
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 18 3,874 4.6
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 1,315 1.6
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 17 1,849 2.2
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 98 0.1
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 54 0.1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 1,219 1.5
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 718 0.9
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 37 0.0
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 311 0.4
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 651 0.8
Totals: 615 403,182  

The population of Kern County, California was 839,631 in 2010; in 2000 it was 661,645. The total population changed 26.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (403,182) included 48.0% 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.