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Alameda County (California)

Religious Traditions, 2010

123,422 20,716 40,185 231,500 6,640 87,110 1,000,698
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic Orthodox 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 Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 55 249,745 225.94
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 45 17,113 15.48
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 34 17,339 15.69
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 32 11,833 10.70
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 29 6,261 5.66
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 27 13,223 11.96
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 24 10,816 9.78
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 22 3,545 3.21
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 21 9,211 8.33
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 21 9,149 8.28
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 17 5,258 4.76
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 16 7,094 6.42
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 13 1,969 1.78
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 10 3,260 2.95
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 9 1,311 1.19
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 8 1,200 1.09
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 1,061 0.96
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 3,499 3.17
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 1,899 1.72
Jewish Other Judaism 6 2,828 2.56
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 6,398 5.79
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 675 0.61
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 5 1,317 1.19
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 115 0.10
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 662 0.60
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 891 0.81
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 712 0.64
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 554 0.50
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 349 0.32
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 899 0.81
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 201 0.18
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 825 0.75
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 394 0.36
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 315 0.28
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 505 0.46
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 119 0.11
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 89 0.08
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 83 0.08
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 219 0.20
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 90 0.08
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 125 0.11
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 39 0.04
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 62 0.06
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 138 0.12
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 32 0.03
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 44 0.04
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 54 0.05
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 0 0 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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0 0 0.00
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Totals: 468 393,520  

The population of Alameda County, California was 1,105,379 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (393,520) included 35.6% 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 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.


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