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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
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 1,142 1.4
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
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
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 7 --- ---
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, OR Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 46 0.1
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 45 13,060 15.6
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
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
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 30 245,836 292.8
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 1,769 2.1
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
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 196 0.2
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 54 0.1
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 4 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 160 0.2
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
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 39 21,095 25.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 209 0.2
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 15 3,335 4.0
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 32 4,069 4.8
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 2 317 0.4
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 270 0.3
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 230 0.3
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 220 0.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 275 0.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 375 0.4
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 1,219 1.5
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 18 3,874 4.6
Friends United Meeting* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 13 0.0
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 200 0.2
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
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 20 0.0
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 --- ---
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 55 0.1
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 1,315 1.6
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 18 --- ---
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
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 4 4,218 5.0
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
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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81 38,689 46.1
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 1 60 0.1
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 17 1,849 2.2
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
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 2 518 0.6
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 311 0.4
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 121 0.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 18 5,332 6.4
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 74 27,075 32.2
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 7 2,332 2.8
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 75 0.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 651 0.8
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 13 2,952 3.5
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 98 0.1
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 294 0.4
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 16 0.0
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 5 0.0
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.