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Columbia, SC Metro Area - Metro Area Membership Report (2020)

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 232 102,603 123.70
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 185 83,840 101.08
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 14 54,714 65.96
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 111 50,086 60.38
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 63 18,554 22.37
Bible Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ World Wide, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 5 16,860 20.33
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 66 15,588 18.79
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 35 10,055 12.12
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 16 9,853 11.88
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 7 9,460 11.40
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 20 9,169 11.05
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 36 8,150 9.83
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 14 7,518 9.06
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 26 5,782 6.97
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 25 5,593 6.74
Hindu, Traditional Temples Hinduism Hinduism Family 2 3,681 4.44
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 11 3,530 4.26
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 19 3,440 4.15
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 8 3,030 3.65
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 16 2,731 3.29
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 2,684 3.24
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 14 2,486 3.00
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 19 2,228 2.69
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 13 2,221 2.68
Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 2 2,220 2.68
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 7 2,175 2.62
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 14 2,058 2.48
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 2 1,141 1.38
Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 6 1,080 1.30
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 2 923 1.11
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 900 1.09
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 7 846 1.02
National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 2 778 0.94
Conservative Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 775 0.93
Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 3 706 0.85
United House of Prayer Black Protestant 2 580 0.70
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 460 0.55
Reform Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 432 0.52
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 2 419 0.51
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 400 0.48
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 393 0.47
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 3 355 0.43
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 1 274 0.33
Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 1 200 0.24
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 2 169 0.20
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 150 0.18
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 3 148 0.18
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 147 0.18
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 1 134 0.16
Orthodox Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 2 120 0.14
Association of Vineyard Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 100 0.12
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 1 79 0.10
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 65 0.08
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 50 0.06
Friends General Conference Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 37 0.04
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 25 0.03
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 21 0.03
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference of the United States and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 12 0.01
Evangelical Covenant Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 1 7 0.01
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 0 0.00
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 0 0.00
Hindu Yoga and Meditation Hinduism 1
Christ's Sanctified Holy Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1
The Local Churches Evangelical Protestant 1
Unification Church Other Other Groups Family 1
ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Anglican Church in America Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 1
Diocese of the Holy Cross Mainline Protestant 2
Higher Ground Always Abounding Assemblies Evangelical Protestant 1
Grace Communion International Evangelical Protestant 1
United Church of God Other Christians Adventist Family 1
Chabad Judaism Judaism 2
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 1
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 5
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, Oregon Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 13
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Calvary Chapel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
Unity Churches, Association of Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 8
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 10
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2
Free Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
International Fellowship of Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 5
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 2
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 1
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
American Sikh Council Other Other Groups Family 3
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 6
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 5
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this metro area was 829,470 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (452,235) included 54.5% of the total population in 2020. 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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