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Chico, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

22,822 475 6,272 34,101 280 11,031 145,019
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 6 19,483 95.89
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 16 7,172 35.30
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 4,287 21.10
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 6 3,001 14.77
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 1,982 9.76
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 1,801 8.86
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 1,717 8.45
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 1,575 7.75
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,234 6.07
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 1,191 5.86
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 1,105 5.44
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 1,099 5.41
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 1,078 5.31
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 927 4.56
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 829 4.08
Jewish Other Judaism 1 750 3.69
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 680 3.35
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 643 3.16
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 541 2.66
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Bapti Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 531 2.61
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 499 2.46
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 476 2.34
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 427 2.10
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 355 1.75
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 288 1.42
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 281 1.38
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 214 1.05
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 213 1.05
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 202 0.99
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 2 169 0.83
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 150 0.74
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 150 0.74
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 93 0.46
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 80 0.39
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 71 0.35
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 55 0.27
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 50 0.25
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 50 0.25
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 50 0.25
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 49 0.24
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 45 0.22
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 39 0.19
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 19 0.09
Buddhists Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
Totals: 152 55,651  

The population of the Chico, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 203,171 in 2000; in 1990 it was 182,120. The total population changed 11.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (55,651) included 27.4% 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 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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