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South Carolina - State Membership Report (2010)

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 2,110 913,763 197.55
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 1,016 274,111 59.26
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 826 241,583 52.23
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 119 181,743 39.29
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 564 120,854 26.13
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 318 91,064 19.69
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 185 64,925 14.04
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 293 62,068 13.42
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 259 56,230 12.16
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 130 54,615 11.81
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 163 53,916 11.66
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 64 37,391 8.08
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 110 25,461 5.50
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 44 23,963 5.18
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 138 21,956 4.75
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 118 21,606 4.67
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 22 17,559 3.80
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 127 13,816 2.99
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 66 11,886 2.57
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 75 11,210 2.42
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 65 10,567 2.28
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 42 7,937 1.72
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 36 6,722 1.45
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 43 6,591 1.42
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 21 5,792 1.25
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 117 5,790 1.25
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 118 5,770 1.25
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 62 5,463 1.18
National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 12 4,976 1.08
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 35 4,919 1.06
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 27 4,845 1.05
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 8 4,333 0.94
Reform Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 9 3,820 0.83
Hinduism: Traditional Hindu Temples Hinduism Hinduism Family 4 3,816 0.83
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 17 3,039 0.66
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 18 2,634 0.57
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 13 2,615 0.57
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 39 2,415 0.52
Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 5 2,148 0.46
Conservative Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 4 2,100 0.45
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 10 1,785 0.39
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 18 1,539 0.33
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 8 1,488 0.32
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 7 1,086 0.23
Association of Vineyard Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 5 1,000 0.22
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 2 934 0.20
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 9 817 0.18
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 4 812 0.18
Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism Buddhism Family 2 695 0.15
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 3 692 0.15
Orthodox Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 6 590 0.13
American Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 6 584 0.13
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 3 562 0.12
Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 4 521 0.11
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 6 499 0.11
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 4 472 0.10
Church of God General Conference (Abrahamic Faith, McDonough, GA) Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 4 399 0.09
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 3 363 0.08
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 5 340 0.07
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 330 0.07
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2 292 0.06
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 3 290 0.06
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 4 220 0.05
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 175 0.04
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, Oregon Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4 171 0.04
Hinduism: Hindu Post Renaissance Hinduism Hinduism Family 6 169 0.04
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant Other Groups Family 2 144 0.03
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2 125 0.03
Free Methodist Church – USA Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 102 0.02
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 74 0.02
Evangelical Covenant Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 1 56 0.01
Friends General Conference Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 8 36 0.01
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 30 0.01
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 23 0.00
Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America Other Other Groups Family 0 16 0.00
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2 0 0.00
Conservative Yearly Meetings of Friends Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 2 0 0.00
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 4
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 54
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 2
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Calvary Chapel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 14
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christians Christian Science Family 11
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 10
Unity Churches, Association of Other Christians Other Groups Family 6
Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 38
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2
Conservative Baptist Association of America (CBAmerica) Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Free Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3
Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Black Protestant Baptist Family 8
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 4
International Fellowship of Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 2
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 4
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 93
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
New Apostolic Church USA Other Christians Other Groups Family 3
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 4
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 53
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 2
Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2
Reformed Baptist Church Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 6
Reformed Presbyterian Church General Assembly Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference of the United States and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 3
American Sikh Council Other Other Groups Family 1
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 54
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
United Holy Church of America Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 4
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 46
United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 8
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this state was 4,625,364 in 2010. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,413,443) included 52.2% of the total population in 2010. 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 https://www.usreligioncensus.org/.

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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