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San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA CMSA


Religious Affiliations, 2000

371,202 257,809 30,099 1,676,993 396,795 4,306,464
Evangelical Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

The historically African American denominations are not included in the 2000 congregation and membership totals.
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Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 19 1,770
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 114 36,184
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 8 3,374
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox 2 1,804
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarean) Evangelical Protestant n.a. n.a.
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Cilicia Orthodox 1 2,800
Armenian Apostolic Church / Catholicossate of Etchmiadzin Orthodox 3 3,388
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 217 47,859
Bahá'í Other Theology 77 5,469
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 35 30,600
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 3 424
Buddhism Other Theology 187 n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 19 n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 309 1,676,993
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 47 8,800
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 25 3,601
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 36 8,590
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 14 2,378
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 20 1,613
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 39 3,703
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 17 838
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 220 87,993
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 2 88
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 59 11,860
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 104 12,021
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 7
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 10 804
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 52 14,504
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 4 1,039
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 126 44,953
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 31 8,147
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 25 6,967
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 109 36,328
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 2 894
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 14 1,076
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 12 770
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 24 4,022
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 12 13,068
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Vasiloupulis Orthodox 2 662
Hindu Other Theology 50 n.a.
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox 1 30
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 7 14,950
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 22 18,483
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 52 8,653
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 3,656
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 5 1,601
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 24 3,955
Jain Other Theology 3 n.a.
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 103 218,700
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 77 25,535
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, American Diocese of the Orthodox 1 150
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 10 1,540
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 3 133
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 15
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 47 79,547
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 5 497
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 9 546
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Baptist Associations/Fellowships Evangelical Protestant 41 7,419
North American Baptist Conference Mainline Protestant 4 524
Orthodox Church in America: Bulgarian Diocese Orthodox 3 799
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox 2 470
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 10 2,686
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 9 738
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 1 n.a.
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 29 4,821
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 144 57,061
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 20 1,634
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 6 n.a.
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a.
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 6 2,035
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 10 n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 35 7,551
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 2 400
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA (New Gracanica Metropolitanate) Orthodox 3 n.a.
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 80 26,389
Sikh Other Theology 15 n.a.
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 287 71,597
Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox 1 150
Tao Other Theology 12 n.a.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox 1 318
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 18 5,086
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 81 16,580
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 142 56,564
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant 1 108
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 10 1,111
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 16 3,332
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 2 250
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 10 1,893
Zoroastrian Other Theology 3 n.a.
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 3,429 2,732,898
Total (Adjusted)**:   3,226,386

The population of these 10 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 6,253,311; in 2000 it was 7,039,362. The total population changed 12.6%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,732,898) include 38.8% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (3,226,386) include 45.8% of the population.


*The “Unadjusted Totals” come from the 1990 and 2000 data collected by representatives of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). While quite comprehensive, this data excludes most of the historically African-American denominations and some other major groups. As a result, these numbers will be an underestimate of the total adherence rate, particularly in areas with a large African-American population. The 2000 data included 149 religious groups and the final results are published in Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Copyright © 2002, All rights reserved. The 1990 data included 132 groups and the final results are published in Churches and Church Membership in the United States 1990 Copyright © 1990, All rights reserved. Published by Glenmary Research Center, 1312 Fifth Ave., North, Nashville, TN 37208. [More information on the data collection]

**The “Adjusted Totals” include all adherents in the denominations counted by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and estimates adherent totals for the historically African-American denominations and other religious groups not listed in the ASARB totals. An article by Roger Finke and Christopher P. Scheitle (2005) reviews how these estimates were computed.