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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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 18 102,005 398.8
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
18 11,412 44.6
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 24 4,649 18.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 10 4,448 17.4
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 16 2,442 9.5
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 1,832 7.2
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 1,109 4.3
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 1,003 3.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 998 3.9
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 870 3.4
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 820 3.2
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 755 3.0
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 742 2.9
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 695 2.7
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 5 625 2.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 8 605 2.4
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 503 2.0
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 500 2.0
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 454 1.8
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 385 1.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 3 356 1.4
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 251 1.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 200 0.8
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 198 0.8
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 198 0.8
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 196 0.8
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 193 0.8
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 190 0.7
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 158 0.6
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 132 0.5
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 132 0.5
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 2 80 0.3
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 65 0.3
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 64 0.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 42 0.2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 18 0.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 17 0.1
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 1 11 0.0
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A. Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 5 --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 192 139,353  

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.

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 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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