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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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents % Change
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism +7 +122716 +207.9%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +436 +111611 +13.9%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +14 +33387 +146.2%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +23 +28386 +84.3%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints +19 +24885 +199%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +49 +14034 +122.8%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +38 +9098 +72.7%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist +34 +6476 +136.8%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +32 +5136 +59.2%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism -5 +4015 +7.9%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +5 +1965 +302.3%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +10 +1902 +63%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal +3 +1264 +242.6%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +6 +893 +41.6%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +13 +789 +8.1%
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +6 +751 +95.3%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +2 +703 +645%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness +10 +697 +6.2%
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +4 +486 +146.8%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 +410 +145.4%
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +1 +200 +122.7%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist -6 +118 +1.8%
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist +2 +89 +28.7%
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups +1 +74 +105.7%
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist -4 +39 +7.2%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 0 -43 -36.8%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -34 -2390 -2.6%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness +3 -3397 -56.3%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran +8 -3406 -5.9%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness -7 -6321 -72.4%
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist -14 -13123 -62.3%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist -73 -20707 -7%
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist +6 -33388 -60.3%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist -17 --- ---
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 0 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 0 --- ---
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +1 --- ---
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist -6 --- ---
Totals: +568 +287349 +18.1%

The population of South Carolina was 3,121,820 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,605,231) included 51.4% of the total population in 1980.

The population of South Carolina was 4,625,364 in 2010; in 2000 it was 4,012,012. The total population changed 15.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,413,443) included 52.2% 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 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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