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Tulare County (California)

Religious Traditions, 2010

53,285 757 8,690 102,772 650 13,983 262,042
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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 19 40,000 128.24
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 23 9,587 30.74
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 36 5,278 16.92
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 17 5,042 16.16
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 14 4,470 14.33
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 8 4,430 14.20
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 12 3,315 10.63
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 12 3,267 10.47
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
3 2,975 9.54
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 13 2,963 9.50
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 24 2,504 8.03
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 6 1,776 5.69
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 5 1,565 5.02
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 1,345 4.31
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 1,315 4.22
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 1,300 4.17
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 18 1,259 4.04
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 1,229 3.94
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 3 1,221 3.91
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 1,125 3.61
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 1,099 3.52
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 1,025 3.29
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 901 2.89
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 856 2.74
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 796 2.55
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 783 2.51
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 646 2.07
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 530 1.70
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 385 1.23
Jewish Other Judaism 1 375 1.20
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 346 1.11
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 270 0.87
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 140 0.45
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 125 0.40
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 109 0.35
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 80 0.26
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 69 0.22
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 64 0.21
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 64 0.21
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 52 0.17
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 40 0.13
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 30 0.10
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 20 0.06
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 16 0.05
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 3 --- ---
Totals: 301 104,787  

The population of Tulare County, California was 311,921 in 1990; in 1980 it was 245,738. The total population changed 26.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (104,787) included 33.6% of the total population in 1990.

* 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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