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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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 1,819 11.70
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 12 20,516 131.99
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 830 5.34
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 2,434 15.66
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 2,161 13.90
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 2,241 14.42
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 6 3,117 20.05
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 6 1,522 9.79
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 1,680 10.81
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 1,046 6.73
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 642 4.13
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 4 1,134 7.30
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 1,548 9.96
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 302 1.94
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 395 2.54
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 291 1.87
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 843 5.42
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 495 3.18
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 156 1.00
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 300 1.93
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 85 0.55
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 100 0.64
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 15 0.10
Jewish Other Judaism 1 188 1.21
Mennonite Church, The General Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 189 1.22
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 40 0.26
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 0 0.00
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 34 0.22
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 102 0.66
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 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
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 0 0 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Totals: 117 44,225  

The population of the San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 155,435 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (44,225) included 28.5% 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 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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