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Aiken County (South Carolina)

Religious Traditions, 2010

66,138 7,116 12,303 8,400 104 1,949 64,089
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
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 243 1.52
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 --- ---
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 25 0.16
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, OR Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 43 0.27
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 54 0.34
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 73 0.46
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 4 8,400 52.47
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 341 2.13
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 49 0.31
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 91 0.57
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 116 0.72
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 3,412 21.31
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 182 1.14
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 13 0.08
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,601 10.00
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 859 5.37
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 754 4.71
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 652 4.07
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 23 0.14
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 5 1,372 8.57
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 3 1,253 7.83
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 22 0.14
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 0.00
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 1,780 11.12
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 5 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 137 0.86
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 46 0.29
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 13 5,758 35.97
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 5 842 5.26
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
30 13,892 86.77
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 79 0.49
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 61 0.38
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 2,439 15.23
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 445 2.78
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 200 1.25
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 132 0.82
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 262 1.64
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 93 43,386 270.99
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 75 0.47
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 18 6,898 43.09
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Totals: 267 96,010  

The population of Aiken County, South Carolina was 160,099 in 2010; in 2000 it was 142,552. The total population changed 12.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (96,010) included 60.0% of the total population in 2010.

* 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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