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San Mateo County, California

Religious Traditions, 2010

24,771 2,046 23,840 5,350 243,634 31,697 387,113
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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 94 0.2
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 1,158 2.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 15 4,835 8.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 1,733 3.0
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 39 133,320 227.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 60 0.1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 1 230 0.4
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 4 691 1.2
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 313 0.5
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 1,608 2.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 67 0.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 13 7,026 12.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 657 1.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 6 940 1.6
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 527 0.9
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 138 0.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 15 8,322 14.2
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 804 1.4
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 73 0.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 11 4,115 7.0
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 280 0.5
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 330 0.6
Jewish Other Judaism 3 1,841 3.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 9 3,574 6.1
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 60 0.1
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 96 0.2
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 175 0.3
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 61 0.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 8,411 14.3
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 116 0.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 678 1.2
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 13 3,084 5.3
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 385 0.7
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 3,103 5.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 14 5,197 8.8
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 139 0.2
Totals: 226 194,241  

The population of San Mateo County, California was 587,329 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (194,241) included 33.1% of the total population in 1980.

* 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 for those who are interested in these trends.


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.

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