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El Centro, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

12,707 669 1,137   49,226 3,633 107,156
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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 13 44,620 408.2
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 3,274 30.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 2,665 24.4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,859 17.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 1,290 11.8
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 4 1,144 10.5
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 1,058 9.7
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 859 7.9
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 822 7.5
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 730 6.7
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 619 5.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 502 4.6
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 9 371 3.4
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 314 2.9
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 205 1.9
Jewish Other Judaism 0 125 1.1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 1 112 1.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 108 1.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 100 0.9
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 77 0.7
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 35 0.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 30 0.3
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 0 ---
Totals: 96 60,919  

The population of the El Centro, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 109,303 in 1990; in 1980 it was 92,110. The total population changed 18.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (60,919) included 55.7% of the total population in 1990.

El Centro, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Imperial County, California.

* 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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