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Religious Traditions, 2010

302,320 10,857 74,992 801,850 7,828 161,530 1,735,936
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
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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16 15,580 5.54
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 32 11,679 4.15
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 340 0.12
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 25 4,397 1.56
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 60 0.02
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 10 5,108 1.82
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 3,592 1.28
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 51 7,501 2.67
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 14 2,175 0.77
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 21 7,660 2.72
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 966 0.34
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 3,505 1.25
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 61 0.02
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Bapti Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 364 0.13
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 104 27,228 9.68
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 105 829,933 294.95
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 560 0.20
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 924 0.33
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 3,198 1.14
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Vasiloupulis Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 211 0.07
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 736 0.26
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 650 0.23
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 300 0.11
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 150 0.05
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 38 16,284 5.79
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 52 0.02
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 184 0.07
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 0.00
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 252 0.09
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 4 462 0.16
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 53 0.02
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 13 0.00
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 17 1,958 0.70
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 1,720 0.61
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 26 5,181 1.84
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 498 0.18
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 1,066 0.38
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 4,517 1.61
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 10 15,440 5.49
Jewish Other Judaism 29 70,000 24.88
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 117 46,268 16.44
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 5 1,035 0.37
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 6 1,802 0.64
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 248 0.09
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 39 17,873 6.35
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 38 13,271 4.72
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 7 1,504 0.53
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 1,506 0.54
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 13 6,330 2.25
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 43 20,799 7.39
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 18 2,446 0.87
Buddhists Other Other Groups 25 --- ---
Hindus Other Other Groups 14 --- ---
Jain Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 407 0.14
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 6 7,878 2.80
Sikh Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Tao Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 72 16,770 5.96
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 34 --- ---
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 556 0.20
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 346 0.12
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 24 2,469 0.88
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 3,050 1.08
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 281 0.10
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 353 0.13
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 1,412 0.50
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 70 0.02
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 693 0.25
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 130 0.05
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,534 0.55
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 378 0.13
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 478 0.17
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 882 0.31
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 999 0.36
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 31 24,008 8.53
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 1,950 0.69
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 506 0.18
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 23 6,586 2.34
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 687 0.24
Totals: 1,179 1,230,063  

The population of San Diego County, California was 2,813,833 in 2000; in 1990 it was 2,498,016. The total population changed 12.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,230,063) included 43.7% of the total population in 2000.

* 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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