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South Carolina - State Membership Report (1990)

Exact definitions of "congregations" and "adherents" vary by religious body. Congregations may be parishes, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, or another site where a religious body has regularly scheduled worship services. Adherents generally are members, children who are not members, and others who are not members but are considered participants in the congregation.

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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1,781 894,390 256.51
Black Baptists Estimate Black Protestant Baptist Family 0 345,858 99.19
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 1,074 308,915 88.60
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 330 93,714 26.88
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 120 78,768 22.59
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 167 65,122 18.68
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 164 61,489 17.64
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 135 48,655 13.95
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 267 44,422 12.74
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 242 25,112 7.20
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 95 19,987 5.73
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 117 17,789 5.10
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 49 16,896 4.85
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 115 16,045 4.60
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 20 15,650 4.49
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 64 14,624 4.19
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 111 12,861 3.69
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 57 12,203 3.50
Jewish Congregations Judaism Judaism Family 20 8,558 2.45
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 51 8,195 2.35
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 68 7,676 2.20
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 150 6,179 1.77
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 52 5,958 1.71
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 29 3,910 1.12
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 5 3,900 1.12
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 42 3,070 0.88
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 15 3,026 0.87
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 32 2,848 0.82
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 16 1,626 0.47
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 3 1,591 0.46
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 19 1,394 0.40
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 8 1,229 0.35
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 11 1,042 0.30
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 11 921 0.26
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 9 754 0.22
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 4 650 0.19
Mennonite Church, USA Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 7 542 0.16
Church of God General Conference (Abrahamic Faith, McDonough, GA) Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 3 420 0.12
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 334 0.10
Central Baptist Association Ministries Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2 248 0.07
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 2 235 0.07
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 3 233 0.07
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 2 206 0.06
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 2 176 0.05
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 4 124 0.04
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference of the United States and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2 97 0.03
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 3 89 0.03
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 60 0.02
General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 1 37 0.01
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christians Christian Science Family 11
Conservative Baptist Association of America (CBAmerica) Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 6
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 3
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population

The population of this state was 3,486,703 in 1990. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,157,828) included 61.9% of the total population in 1990. The adherence rate is the number of adherents of a given group per 1,000 people in the general population.

Note that data collection methods for religious bodies change over time, affecting the comparability of statistics. For further information, see the U.S. Religion Census website at

The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 372 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 155.

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