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Merced, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

26,640 1,087 3,673 64 102,005 5,884 116,440
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 % Change
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist +0 +172 +661.5%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist -2 -55 -12.5%
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism --- --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +1 +175 +7.7%
Bahá'í Other Other Groups -1 -4 -1.6%
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +1 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism +2 +21,962 +27.4%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +0 -74 -12.8%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist +0 -47 -37.0%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +0 -6 -3.7%
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 +158 +46.2%
Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A. Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness +0 +2 +1.1%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +0 +20 +90.9%
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +1 -21 -2.8%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +0 -32 -64.0%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints +0 +1,416 +46.7%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness +3 +245 +54.4%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist -2 -203 -25.1%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist +0 --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism -2 -315 -94.9%
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +0 -311 -61.3%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +0 -95 -32.2%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran -1 -393 -52.5%
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +2 -117 -20.5%
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +0 +49 +6.9%
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups +0 +821 +285.1%
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 +2 +3.2%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +1 +299 +52.4%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 -83 -7.6%
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness +1 +696 +561.3%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist +0 +317 +46.5%
Sikh Other Other Groups +0 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +6 -1,614 -25.8%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist +0 -274 -13.0%
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: +11 +22,690 +22%

The population of the Merced, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 255,793 in 2010; in 2000 it was 210,554. The total population changed 21.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (139,353) included 54.5% of the total population in 2010.

The population of the Merced, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 210,554 in 2000; in 1990 it was 178,403. The total population changed 18.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (106,068) included 50.4% of the total population in 2000.

Merced, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Merced 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 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.