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San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

27,483 1,078 16,099 89,075 205 11,530 124,167
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 17 89,075 330.35
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 28 10,062 37.32
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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37 9,600 35.60
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 12 6,216 23.05
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 4,489 16.65
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 3,171 11.76
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 2 2,218 8.23
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 1,807 6.70
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 1,640 6.08
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 1,635 6.06
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 1,479 5.49
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 1,470 5.45
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 2 1,275 4.73
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 7 1,158 4.29
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 3 1,078 4.00
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 979 3.63
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 855 3.17
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 2 818 3.03
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 769 2.85
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 750 2.78
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 622 2.31
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 565 2.10
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 554 2.05
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 478 1.77
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 458 1.70
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 285 1.06
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 3 237 0.88
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 231 0.86
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 225 0.83
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 2 221 0.82
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 217 0.80
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 180 0.67
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 158 0.59
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 128 0.47
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 1 108 0.40
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 79 0.29
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 70 0.26
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 2 41 0.15
Vicariate for the Palestinian/Jordanian Orthodox Christian Communities Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 25 0.09
Independent Yearly Meetings of Friends* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 23 0.09
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 13 0.05
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 8 0.03
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 0 0.00
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 0 0.00
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 5 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 10 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Totals: 263 145,470  

The population of the San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 269,637 in 2010; in 2000 it was 246,681. The total population changed 9.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (145,470) included 54.0% of the total population in 2010.

* 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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