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San Diego County, California

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
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 853 0.3
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 524 0.2
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 18 0.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 25 3,135 1.0
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 8 --- ---
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 543 0.2
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 60 0.0
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,150 0.4
Armenian Evangelical Churches (Additional) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 66 23,905 7.7
Assemblies of God International Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 66 0.0
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 --- ---
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 19 3,238 1.0
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 40 33,289 10.8
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 9 4,201 1.4
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 10 809 0.3
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 35 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 115 801,850 259.1
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 18 1,978 0.6
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 11 3,279 1.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 13 3,198 1.0
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 335 0.1
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 975 0.3
Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 15 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 1,604 0.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 207 0.1
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 21 4,357 1.4
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 322 0.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 120 71,495 23.1
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 57 0.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 29 5,267 1.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 47 6,668 2.2
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 183 0.1
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 5 850 0.3
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 --- ---
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 525 0.2
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 8 5,332 1.7
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 6,150 2.0
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 500 0.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 35 12,532 4.0
Eritrean Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 450 0.1
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 9 1,873 0.6
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 13 10,395 3.4
Evangelical Friends Church International* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 124 0.0
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 34 11,563 3.7
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 --- ---
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 630 0.2
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 22 1,728 0.6
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 385 0.1
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 3,000 1.0
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 3 3,374 1.1
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 10 247 0.1
Hindu, Renaissance Other Other Groups 4 48 0.0
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 2 3,200 1.0
Hungarian Reformed Churches (Additional) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 --- ---
Independent Yearly Meetings of Friends* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 111 0.0
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 1,195 0.4
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 375 0.1
Jain Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 43 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 --- ---
Korean-American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 37 12,060 3.9
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 4,556 1.5
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 9 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 370 0.1
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 290 0.1
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 19 21,994 7.1
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 593 0.2
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 56 0.0
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 4 1,523 0.5
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 7 2,010 0.6
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 5 463 0.1
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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212 148,930 48.1
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 100 0.0
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 375 0.1
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 16 2,400 0.8
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 466 0.2
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 90 0.0
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 435 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 29 17,009 5.5
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 20 2,285 0.7
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 792 0.3
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism 1 464 0.1
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 5 8,597 2.8
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 360 0.1
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 20 0.0
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 44 0.0
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 200 0.1
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 9,133 3.0
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 860 0.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 34 15,102 4.9
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 206 33,486 10.8
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist 1 --- ---
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 600 0.2
Tao Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 21 0.0
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 60 0.0
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism 1 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 5 1,851 0.6
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 22 5,243 1.7
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 43 20,797 6.7
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 29 --- ---
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 6 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 920 0.3
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 15 5,272 1.7
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 7 1,247 0.4
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 141 0.0
Totals: 1,720 1,359,377  

The population of San Diego County, California was 3,095,313 in 2010; in 2000 it was 2,813,833. The total population changed 10.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,359,377) included 43.9% 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.