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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
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 196 0.2
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 15 2,349 2.8
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 339 0.4
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 30 245,836 292.8
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 880 1.0
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 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 --- ---
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 1,769 2.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 900 1.1
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 54 0.1
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 of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 265 0.3
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
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 270 0.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 275 0.3
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
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
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
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 540 0.6
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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81 38,689 46.1
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 17 1,849 2.2
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 37 0.0
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
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
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 --- ---
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
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
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 220 0.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 375 0.4
Friends United Meeting* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 13 0.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 718 0.9
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 651 0.8
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 13 2,952 3.5
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
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
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 4 --- ---
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
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
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 18 --- ---
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 4 4,218 5.0
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 1 60 0.1
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 2 518 0.6
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 75 0.1
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
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.