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Charleston-North Charleston, SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

130,825 48,641 74,330 41,173 925 12,556 356,157
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 101 76,003 149.94
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 48,527 95.74
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 106 38,715 76.38
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 25 24,079 47.50
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 32 13,540 26.71
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 32 12,798 25.25
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 20 9,582 18.90
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
3 5,475 10.80
Jewish Other Judaism 3 4,500 8.88
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 7 2,982 5.88
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 30 2,807 5.54
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 29 2,658 5.24
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 12 2,635 5.20
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 2,236 4.41
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 6 2,054 4.05
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 19 1,999 3.94
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 1,600 3.16
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 1,561 3.08
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 1,546 3.05
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 1,326 2.62
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 809 1.60
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 516 1.02
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 368 0.73
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 324 0.64
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 296 0.58
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 235 0.46
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 233 0.46
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 226 0.45
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 172 0.34
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 4 145 0.29
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 141 0.28
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 113 0.22
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 92 0.18
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 66 0.13
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 59 0.12
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 53 0.10
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 50 0.10
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 40 0.08
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 34 0.07
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Totals: 509 260,595  

The population of the Charleston-North Charleston, SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 506,875 in 1990; in 1980 it was 430,462. The total population changed 17.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (260,595) included 51.4% of the total population in 1990.

* 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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