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Religious Affiliation by Religious Body
Los Angeles County

Affiliation

1990 2000

Congregations

Adherents

Congregations

Adherents

All Religious Bodies

3,536

4,879,355

4,044

5,528,814

Catholic Church

272

3,077,114

278

3,806,377

Orthodox

---

---

46

31,315

Other (see following table)

506

608,113

748

974,062

Protestant Evangelical

1,777

829,693

2,022

587,854

Protestant Mainline

963

355,435

950

339,206

Affiliation of Non-Catholic/Non-Protestant Religious Bodies
Los Angeles County

Religious Body

1990

2000

Congregations

Adherents

Congregations

Adherents

Bahá'í

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---

44

6,346

Buddhism (estimate)

---

---

145

70,000*

Church of Christ, Scientist

75

---

---

---

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

271

103,286

239

97,347

Hindu (estimate)

---

---

37

70,000*

Jehovah’s Witnessess (estimate)

---

62,400

---

70,000*

Jewish (estimate)

145

501,700

202

564,700

Muslim (estimate)

---

---

48

92,919

Sikh

---

---

14

---

Tao

---

---

4

---

Unitarian Universalist Congregations

15

3,127

13

2,750

Zoroastrian

---

---

2

---

*Estimates by the Almanac.
Source of data above: Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (Glenmary Research Center) and Almanac research.

 

The First Congregational Church, founded in 1867 and currently located at 540 South Commonwealth Avenue in Los Angeles, is the oldest continually operating Protestant church in Los Angeles County. Since its founding in the home of Amanda Scott in 1867, the church has regularly met in five different buildings. The current Gothic edifice was completed in 1932. Among its past ministers was Lloyd C. Douglas, author of The Robe. The church is currently led by Reverend Dr. Steven E. Berry.

The First African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, located on South Harvard Boulevard, is the oldest African American church in Los Angeles. It was founded in 1872 in the home of Biddy Mason, a former slave who had become a successful Downtown Los Angeles landowner. The church, numbering about 6,000 members, has been led by Reverend Cecil L. (Chip) Murray since the 1970s.

The first Protestant church established in Los Angeles was founded by William Money in 1841. He was run out of town by the Catholic Church. The first Methodist sermon in Los Angeles was preached by Reverend James Brier in 1850. His congregation consisted of his family and the Mayor.

 

 

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