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Charleston-North Charleston, 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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 24 92,122 115.20
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 156 67,604 84.54
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 139 47,346 59.21
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 97 33,782 42.25
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 100 29,359 36.72
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 27 13,299 16.63
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 13 8,806 11.01
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 16 6,765 8.46
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 11 6,670 8.34
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 25 6,540 8.18
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 14 5,683 7.11
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 15 4,583 5.73
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 15 4,340 5.43
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 20 3,264 4.08
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 17 2,781 3.48
Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 14 2,470 3.09
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 9 1,881 2.35
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 11 1,770 2.21
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 1,400 1.75
Reform Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 1,334 1.67
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 5 1,330 1.66
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 1 1,077 1.35
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 9 1,058 1.32
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 9 1,003 1.25
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 8 993 1.24
Conservative Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 883 1.10
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 11 879 1.10
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 4 776 0.97
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 1 710 0.89
Orthodox Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 4 610 0.76
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 2 512 0.64
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 5 506 0.63
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 2 470 0.59
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 3 420 0.53
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 1 419 0.52
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 3 396 0.50
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 2 360 0.45
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 3 326 0.41
Hindu, Traditional Temples Hinduism Hinduism Family 1 300 0.38
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 238 0.30
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2 236 0.30
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 218 0.27
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 208 0.26
United House of Prayer Black Protestant 1 180 0.23
Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 160 0.20
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 143 0.18
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 130 0.16
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 120 0.15
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 104 0.13
Bible Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ World Wide, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 80 0.10
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference of the United States and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 41 0.05
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant Other Groups Family 1 40 0.05
Association of Vineyard Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 40 0.05
Friends General Conference Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 24 0.03
General Church of the New Jerusalem Other Christians Spiritualist Family 1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 2
Hindu Yoga and Meditation Hinduism 1
Christ's Sanctified Holy Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1
Anglican Catholic Church Other Christians Anglican/Episcopal Family 1
Christian Congregation in North America Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Sovereign Grace Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
The Church of God Evangelical Protestant 1
ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Orthodox Anglican Church Mainline Protestant 2
Grace Communion International Evangelical Protestant 1
Chabad Judaism Judaism 1
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 1
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 50
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2
Calvary Chapel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christians Christian Science Family 1
Unity Churches, Association of Other Christians Other Groups Family 2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 7
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1
New Apostolic Church USA Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 3
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 28
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 6
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 7
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this metro area was 799,636 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (356,789) included 44.6% 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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