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Los Angeles County, California

Religious Traditions, 2010

814,611 112,338 229,056 63,517 3,542,994 451,594 4,604,495
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 312 111,634 11.7
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 278 3,806,377 399.9
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 260 64,327 6.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 239 97,347 10.2
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 225 52,362 5.5
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 211 73,217 7.7
Jewish Other Judaism 202 564,700 59.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 177 54,676 5.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 167 52,125 5.5
Buddhists Other Other Groups 145 --- ---
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 121 48,495 5.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 116 32,408 3.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 109 19,507 2.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 105 19,347 2.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 96 25,116 2.6
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 84 46,304 4.9
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 63 12,526 1.3
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 62 23,789 2.5
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 53 12,347 1.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 51 11,682 1.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 48 7,174 0.8
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 48 92,919 9.8
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 44 6,346 0.7
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 40 6,330 0.7
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 40 5,928 0.6
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 37 --- ---
Hindus Other Other Groups 37 --- ---
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 36 3,998 0.4
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 33 4,028 0.4
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 33 8,790 0.9
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 32 13,490 1.4
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 31 4,540 0.5
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 30 7,828 0.8
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 25 1,175 0.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 23 1,066 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 22 1,255 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 22 3,215 0.3
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 20 4,295 0.5
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 19 2,729 0.3
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 18 3,337 0.4
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 18 1,309 0.1
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 16 1,392 0.1
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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16 25,320 2.7
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 14 6,161 0.6
Sikh Other Other Groups 14 --- ---
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 14 440 0.0
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 13 4,087 0.4
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 13 2,750 0.3
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 12 1,570 0.2
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 12 6,591 0.7
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 11 1,285 0.1
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 71,500 7.5
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 2,173 0.2
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 1,352 0.1
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 8 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 8 7,845 0.8
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 8 1,257 0.1
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 335 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 7 777 0.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 546 0.1
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 6 3,788 0.4
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 6 13,182 1.4
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 372 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 5 23,600 2.5
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Bapti Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 933 0.1
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 277 0.0
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 6,345 0.7
Landmark Missionary Baptists, Independent Associations and Unaffiliated Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 156 0.0
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
Tao Other Other Groups 4 --- ---
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 210 0.0
National Primitive Baptist Convention, USA Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 1,030 0.1
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 112 0.0
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 1,731 0.2
Orthodox Church in America: Bulgarian Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 2,788 0.3
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 --- ---
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 468 0.0
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 1,070 0.1
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 4,800 0.5
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 6,500 0.7
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 840 0.1
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 2,288 0.2
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 80 0.0
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 20 0.0
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 19 0.0
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 33 0.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 31 0.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Vasiloupulis Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 315 0.0
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 135 0.0
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 12,429 1.3
Macedonian Orthodox Church: American Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 600 0.1
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 90 0.0
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 375 0.0
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 228 0.0
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 15 0.0
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 63 0.0
Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Americas Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 438 0.0
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA (New Gracanica Metropolitanate) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 34 0.0
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion 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 --- --- ---
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Armenian Evangelical Churches (Additional) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Assemblies of God International Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Conservative Lutheran Association Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Eritrean Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Evangelical Friends Church International* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Friends United Meeting* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Georgian Orthodox Parishes in the United States Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Grace Gospel Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Hungarian Reformed Churches (Additional) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Independent Yearly Meetings of Friends* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Korean-American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Spiritualist Association of Churches Other Spiritualist --- --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Pillar of Fire Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Polish National Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism --- --- ---
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist --- --- ---
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism --- --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Vicariate for the Palestinian/Jordanian Orthodox Christian Communities Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Totals: 4,044 5,528,814  

The population of Los Angeles County, California was 9,519,338 in 2000; in 1990 it was 8,863,164. The total population changed 7.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (5,528,814) included 58.1% 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.