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Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA Metro Area - Metro Area Membership Report (2020)

Exact definitions of "congregations" and "adherents" vary by religious body. Congregations may be parishes, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, or another site where a religious body has regularly scheduled worship services. Adherents generally are members, children who are not members, and others who are not members but are considered participants in the congregation.

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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 17 146,869 327.67
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 14 8,162 18.21
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 27 6,500 14.50
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 16 4,254 9.49
Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 3 4,189 9.35
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 12 3,582 7.99
Evangelical Covenant Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 3 3,175 7.08
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 7 2,852 6.36
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 9 2,518 5.62
Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 5 2,450 5.47
Reform Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 2,187 4.88
Hindu Yoga and Meditation Hinduism 8 1,754 3.91
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 5 1,636 3.65
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 6 1,448 3.23
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 21 1,282 2.86
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 4 1,217 2.72
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 9 1,214 2.71
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 3 1,082 2.41
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 6 1,076 2.40
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 3 922 2.06
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 8 885 1.97
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 5 875 1.95
Association of Vineyard Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 3 740 1.65
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 2 650 1.45
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 5 620 1.38
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 7 556 1.24
Armenian Apostolic Church (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 400 0.89
Free Methodist Church – USA Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 395 0.88
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 3 378 0.84
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 367 0.82
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 5 337 0.75
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 3 336 0.75
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 300 0.67
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 3 236 0.53
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 2 196 0.44
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 177 0.39
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 170 0.38
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 167 0.37
American Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 162 0.36
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 160 0.36
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 2 160 0.36
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 2 157 0.35
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 140 0.31
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 136 0.30
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 115 0.26
Friends General Conference Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 107 0.24
Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism Buddhism Family 1 100 0.22
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 85 0.19
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 70 0.16
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 61 0.14
Orthodox Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 60 0.13
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 60 0.13
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 1 48 0.11
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2 43 0.10
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 26 0.06
ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 5
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 6
Conservative Baptist Association of America (CBAmerica) Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 3
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 7
Unity Churches, Association of Other Christians Other Groups Family 3
National Spiritualist Association of Churches Other Spiritualist Family 1
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 2
Open Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Christadelphians Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christians Christian Science Family 3
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
Vedanta Society Other Other Groups Family 1
The Church of God Evangelical Protestant 2
The Local Churches Evangelical Protestant 1
Calvary Chapel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Anglican Province of Christ the King Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 1
Converge Worldwide Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 4
Chabad Judaism Judaism 2
Grace Communion International Evangelical Protestant 1
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this metro area was 448,229 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (207,844) included 46.4% of the total population in 2020. The adherence rate is the number of adherents of a given group per 1,000 people in the general population.

Note that data collection methods for religious bodies change over time, affecting the comparability of statistics. For further information, see the U.S. Religion Census website at https://www.usreligioncensus.org/.

The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 372 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 155.

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