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Religious Traditions, 2010

77,602 37,531 47,209 26,003 850 8,688 152,326
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 55 35,854 115.67
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 19 23,772 76.69
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 38 17,612 56.82
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 26 12,816 41.35
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 23 12,073 38.95
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 13 6,021 19.42
Jewish Other Judaism 3 5,000 16.13
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 2,650 8.55
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 5 2,032 6.56
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 1,931 6.23
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 1,502 4.85
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 1,422 4.59
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 1,360 4.39
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,140 3.68
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 991 3.20
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
2 920 2.97
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 3 660 2.13
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 520 1.68
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 516 1.66
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 501 1.62
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 497 1.60
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 408 1.32
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 312 1.01
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 303 0.98
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 278 0.90
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 243 0.78
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 213 0.69
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 176 0.57
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 122 0.39
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 100 0.32
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 95 0.31
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 88 0.28
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 87 0.28
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 64 0.21
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 38 0.12
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 29 0.09
Buddhists Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Totals: 266 132,346  

The population of Charleston County, South Carolina was 309,969 in 2000; in 1990 it was 295,039. The total population changed 5.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (132,346) included 42.7% of the total population in 2000.

* 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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