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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
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 2,747 4.24
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 0 0.00
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 3,857 5.96
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 13 4,806 7.43
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 5 1,117 1.73
Buddhists Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 14 20,720 32.02
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 301 0.47
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 322 0.50
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 564 0.87
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 601 0.93
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 26 3,987 6.16
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 8 0.01
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 312 0.48
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 11 3,845 5.94
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 14 3,212 4.96
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 19 2,052 3.17
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 39 0.06
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 31 0.05
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 21 10,288 15.90
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 70 27,721 42.83
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 63 0.10
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 232 0.36
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 79 0.12
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 783 1.21
Hindus Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 700 1.08
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 606 0.94
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 24 3,810 5.89
Jewish Other Judaism 2 2,750 4.25
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 580 0.90
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 54 0.08
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 2 1,218 1.88
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 185 0.29
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 75 0.12
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 34 16,781 25.93
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 16 6,660 10.29
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 225 0.35
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 6 1,523 2.35
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 217 119,584 184.78
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 237 0.37
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 113 47,817 73.89
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 403 0.62
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 111 0.17
Totals: 680 291,006  

The population of the Columbia, SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 647,158 in 2000; in 1990 it was 548,335. The total population changed 18.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (291,006) included 45.0% 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 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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