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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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 241 115,242 150.13
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 122 51,093 66.56
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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126 40,273 52.47
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 71 25,460 33.17
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 14 24,168 31.49
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 77 16,487 21.48
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 34 13,779 17.95
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 21 11,644 15.17
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 7 9,736 12.68
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 16 8,272 10.78
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 22 7,676 10.00
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 15 5,751 7.49
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 31 5,741 7.48
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 20 5,702 7.43
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 26 5,661 7.37
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 3,772 4.91
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 13 2,959 3.85
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 15 2,865 3.73
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 3 2,730 3.56
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 6 2,669 3.48
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 19 2,377 3.10
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 2 2,116 2.76
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 11 2,001 2.61
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 1,500 1.95
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 1,400 1.82
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 1,377 1.79
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 4 1,155 1.50
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 934 1.22
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 4 846 1.10
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 796 1.04
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 1 780 1.02
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 700 0.91
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 550 0.72
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 506 0.66
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 493 0.64
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 463 0.60
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 461 0.60
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 1 456 0.59
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 452 0.59
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 270 0.35
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 251 0.33
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 227 0.30
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 225 0.29
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 206 0.27
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 170 0.22
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 143 0.19
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 140 0.18
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 2 120 0.16
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 118 0.15
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 105 0.14
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 100 0.13
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 100 0.13
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 56 0.07
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 50 0.07
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, OR Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 42 0.05
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 30 0.04
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 30 0.04
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 2 26 0.03
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 22 0.03
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 21 0.03
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 2 0.00
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 0 0.00
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 0 0.00
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 5 --- ---
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 5 --- ---
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Free Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
International Fellowship of Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant
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1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 13 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 1,071 383,497  

The population of the Columbia, SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 767,598 in 2010; in 2000 it was 647,158. The total population changed 18.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (383,497) included 50.0% 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 www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

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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