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Columbia, SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

196,466 42,188 103,307 24,168 930 16,438 384,101
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 200 111,172 202.74
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 115 47,071 85.84
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 71 27,481 50.12
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 33 12,974 23.66
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 25 2,524 4.60
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 23 2,761 5.04
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 21 10,049 18.33
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 17 3,566 6.50
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 17 2,678 4.88
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 17 2,333 4.25
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 17 5,575 10.17
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 15 12,360 22.54
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 12 4,351 7.93
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 12 4,191 7.64
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 452 0.82
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 2,746 5.01
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 926 1.69
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
6 2,920 5.33
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 6 1,385 2.53
Jewish Other Judaism 4 2,003 3.65
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 405 0.74
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 1,591 2.90
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 365 0.67
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 727 1.33
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 276 0.50
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 164 0.30
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 231 0.42
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 174 0.32
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 274 0.50
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 37 0.07
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 334 0.61
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 38 0.07
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 30 0.05
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 20 0.04
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 20 0.04
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 16 0.03
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 111 0.20
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 426 0.78
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 59 0.11
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 53,699 97.93
Totals: 681 318,515  

The population of the Columbia, SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 548,335 in 1990; in 1980 it was 498,159. The total population changed 10.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (318,515) included 58.1% 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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