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