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Religious Traditions, 2010

302,320 10,857 74,992 7,828 801,850 161,530 1,735,936
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
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 198 0.1
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 1,598 0.6
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 25 4,934 2.0
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 37 0.0
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 110 0.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 59 15,982 6.4
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 56 0.0
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 42,478 17.0
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 105 413,025 165.3
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 17 2,064 0.8
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 9 803 0.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 12 4,516 1.8
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 14 5,632 2.3
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 1,724 0.7
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 23 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 1,035 0.4
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 795 0.3
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 68 0.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 317 0.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 112 46,863 18.8
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 242 0.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 20 5,227 2.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 48 9,254 3.7
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 69 0.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 --- ---
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 2,107 0.8
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 17 7,691 3.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 39 17,742 7.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 2,549 1.0
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 37 18,687 7.5
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 175 0.1
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 72 0.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 31 0.0
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 26 8,242 3.3
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 617 0.2
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 4 565 0.2
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 5 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 13,005 5.2
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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17 26,630 10.7
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 348 0.1
Jewish Other Judaism 17 70,000 28.0
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 34 0.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 36 14,789 5.9
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 83 0.0
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 172 0.1
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,010 0.4
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 61 0.0
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 374 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 31 25,199 10.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 1,057 0.4
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 24 0.0
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 596 0.2
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 821 0.3
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 35 0.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 31 12,846 5.1
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 73 30,304 12.1
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
The Protestant Conference (Lutheran) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 75 0.0
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 12 0.0
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 6 1,913 0.8
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 26 8,385 3.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 46 24,197 9.7
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 8,924 3.6
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 8 1,652 0.7
Totals: 1,013 858,051  

The population of San Diego County, California was 2,498,016 in 1990; in 1980 it was 1,861,846. The total population changed 34.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (858,051) included 34.3% of the total population in 1990.

* 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.