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San Francisco County (California)

Religious Traditions, 2010

30,348 13,176 59,308 120,988 12,670 47,820 520,925
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 60 144,182 212.35
Jewish Other Judaism 9 9,025 13.29
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 19 8,132 11.98
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 14 5,648 8.32
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 17 5,411 7.97
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 18 5,336 7.86
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 8 2,903 4.28
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 15 2,888 4.25
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 2,854 4.20
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 10 2,701 3.98
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 2,544 3.75
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 2,497 3.68
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 2,103 3.10
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 7 1,524 2.24
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,301 1.92
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 1,276 1.88
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 1,000 1.47
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 900 1.33
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 889 1.31
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 770 1.13
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 543 0.80
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 443 0.65
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 404 0.60
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 350 0.52
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 298 0.44
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 265 0.39
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 259 0.38
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 191 0.28
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 187 0.28
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 183 0.27
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 170 0.25
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 159 0.23
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 141 0.21
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 127 0.19
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist 1 113 0.17
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 100 0.15
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 90 0.13
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 64 0.09
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 56 0.08
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 50 0.07
Christ Catholic Church Evangelical Protestant Catholicism 1 32 0.05
General Church of the New Jerusalem Other Spiritualist 1 23 0.03
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 10 0.01
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
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 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
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Totals: 254 208,142  

The population of San Francisco County, California was 678,974 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (208,142) included 30.7% 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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