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Religious Traditions, 2010

1,410,988 256,178 482,103 181,743 5,557 76,874 2,211,921
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 1,878 928,341 231.39
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,047 302,528 75.41
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 118 136,719 34.08
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 325 103,883 25.89
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 167 61,380 15.30
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 297 56,612 14.11
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 138 52,486 13.08
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 249 33,820 8.43
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 98 23,313 5.81
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 54 20,424 5.09
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 112 18,219 4.54
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 33 17,586 4.38
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 69 14,659 3.65
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 13,200 3.29
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 118 13,091 3.26
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 64 12,824 3.20
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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16 11,435 2.85
Jewish Other Judaism 15 11,000 2.74
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 57 9,187 2.29
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 67 9,081 2.26
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 123 7,583 1.89
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 40 6,613 1.65
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 130 5,763 1.44
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 15 5,761 1.44
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 31 4,567 1.14
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 7 3,867 0.96
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 16 3,440 0.86
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 18 2,930 0.73
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 2,902 0.72
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 45 2,856 0.71
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 9 1,519 0.38
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 12 1,362 0.34
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 1,136 0.28
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 1,082 0.27
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 967 0.24
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 832 0.21
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 783 0.20
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 645 0.16
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 636 0.16
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 510 0.13
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 497 0.12
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 336 0.08
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 5 296 0.07
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 270 0.07
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 3 258 0.06
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 231 0.06
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 3 206 0.05
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 191 0.05
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 179 0.04
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 166 0.04
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 100 0.02
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 100 0.02
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 71 0.02
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Bapti Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 56 0.01
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 51 0.01
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 35 0.01
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 31 0.01
Independent Free Will Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 22 0.01
Buddhists Other Other Groups 4 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 --- ---
Hindus Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 27 --- ---
Totals: 5,522 1,908,638  

The population of South Carolina was 4,012,012 in 2000; in 1990 it was 3,486,703. The total population changed 15.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,908,638) included 47.6% of the total population in 2000.

* 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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