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San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

151,293 2,552 45,310 7,720 478,474 126,369 1,025,193
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
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 309 0.2
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 11 2,910 1.9
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 50 10,792 7.0
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 54 0.0
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 14,868 9.7
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 55 376,132 245.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 1,383 0.9
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 425 0.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 3 606 0.4
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 13 2,678 1.7
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 657 0.4
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 12 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 267 0.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 469 0.3
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 69 0.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 144 0.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 59 24,403 15.9
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 14 2,269 1.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 17 2,312 1.5
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 13 --- ---
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 987 0.6
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 182 0.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 19 9,593 6.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 795 0.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 27 12,069 7.9
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 790 0.5
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 343 0.2
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 271 0.2
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 9,760 6.4
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
7 9,550 6.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 2,074 1.4
Jewish Other Judaism 13 32,000 20.9
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 12 5,184 3.4
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 75 0.0
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 64 0.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 108 0.1
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 79 0.1
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 642 0.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 27 11,470 7.5
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 251 0.2
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 10 0.0
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 422 0.3
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 345 0.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 19 6,162 4.0
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 47 21,469 14.0
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 400 0.3
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 710 0.5
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 4 1,154 0.8
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 12 4,197 2.7
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 33 16,943 11.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 1,161 0.8
Totals: 573 590,007  

The population of the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 1,534,274 in 1990; in 1980 it was 1,320,076. The total population changed 16.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (590,007) included 38.5% of the total population in 1990.

San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 2 counties: San Benito County, California, Santa Clara 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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