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Charleston County (South Carolina)

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
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
0 0 0.00
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 64 0.23
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 615 2.22
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 633 2.29
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 164 0.59
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 1,472 5.31
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 51 44,858 161.96
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 18 14,952 53.98
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 26 11,987 43.28
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 12 1,208 4.36
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 70 0.25
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 240 0.87
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 729 2.63
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 256 0.92
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 4 180 0.65
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 0 0 0.00
Jewish Other Judaism 2 923 3.33
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 1,310 4.73
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 112 0.40
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 15 7,329 26.46
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 422 1.52
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 975 3.52
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 375 1.35
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 33 17,872 64.53
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 1,136 4.10
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 829 2.99
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 940 3.39
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 20 0.07
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 25 8,790 31.74
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 151 0.55
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 282 1.02
Totals: 242 118,894  

The population of Charleston County, South Carolina was 276,974 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (118,894) included 42.9% of the total population in 1980.

* 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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