buddhism in california

Buddhism in California:

  • Estimated number of Buddhist centers: 444
  • Portion of the population that identifies as Buddhist:  2%
  • Year Chinese immigrants established America’s first Buddhist temple: 1853
  • Metric tons of carbon dioxide emitted per year by each worker on San Francisco Zen Center’s Green Gulch Farm, compared with the national average of 20 metric tons per person: 4.19
  • Segment of adults who meditate at least once a week: 41%
  • Number of Tricycle subscribers: 3,201

View past installments of Buddhism by the Numbers: The Economics of Mindfulness, Virginia, KentuckySouth Korea, and the African Great Lakes Region

Data from BuddhaNet’s World Buddhist Directory, the Pew Research Center, the Association of Religion Data Archives, and San Francisco Zen Center.