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Southern Methodist Church - Rankings by Area (Counties) [Metro-Areas] [States]

The Southern Methodist Church was founded in 1940 by members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, who rejected that church's merger with the Methodist Episcopal Church and Methodist Protestant Church to form The Methodist Church in 1939. [View our profile of Southern Methodist Church]

Using data from the 1980-2020 U.S. Religion Census, this list ranks U.S. Counties on the highest percent of the population in the Southern Methodist Church. You can sort the list by clicking on the column headings.


Rank
1980
County Percent
1980
1 Orangeburg County, South Carolina 1.25
2 Clarendon County, South Carolina 1.06
3 Marion County, South Carolina 1.05
4 Red River Parish, Louisiana 0.94
5 Wayne County, Mississippi 0.85
6 Calhoun County, South Carolina 0.74
7 Madison County, Florida 0.63
7 Dorchester County, South Carolina 0.63
9 Barnwell County, South Carolina 0.62
10 Smith County, Tennessee 0.50
11 Dillon County, South Carolina 0.44
12 Darlington County, South Carolina 0.38
13 Columbia County, Arkansas 0.37
14 Wheeler County, Texas 0.36
15 Bibb County, Alabama 0.34
16 Florence County, South Carolina 0.32
17 Claiborne Parish, Louisiana 0.31
18 Bamberg County, South Carolina 0.29
18 Lee County, South Carolina 0.29
20 Newberry County, South Carolina 0.26
21 Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana 0.24
22 Williamson County, Tennessee 0.23
23 Forrest County, Mississippi 0.21
23 Sumter County, South Carolina 0.21
23 Bedford County, Tennessee 0.21
26 Lauderdale County, Mississippi 0.20
27 Washington County, Georgia 0.19
28 Clarke County, Mississippi 0.18
28 Lexington County, South Carolina 0.18
28 Davidson County, Tennessee 0.18
31 Lowndes County, Georgia 0.17
31 Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana 0.17
31 Lafayette County, Mississippi 0.17
31 Madison County, Tennessee 0.17
35 Effingham County, Georgia 0.16
35 Pike County, Mississippi 0.16
37 Horry County, South Carolina 0.15
37 Laurens County, South Carolina 0.15
39 Floyd County, Georgia 0.14
39 Richmond County, Georgia 0.14
39 Sumter County, Georgia 0.14
39 De Soto Parish, Louisiana 0.14
43 Charleston County, South Carolina 0.13
43 Chesterfield County, South Carolina 0.13
43 Williamsburg County, South Carolina 0.13
46 Bienville Parish, Louisiana 0.12
46 Caddo Parish, Louisiana 0.12
46 Webster Parish, Louisiana 0.12
46 Oconee County, South Carolina 0.12
46 Monroe County, Tennessee 0.12
51 Humphreys County, Tennessee 0.11
51 Harrison County, Texas 0.11
53 Dale County, Alabama 0.10
53 Martin County, Florida 0.10
53 Tift County, Georgia 0.10
53 Aiken County, South Carolina 0.10
57 Suwannee County, Florida 0.09
57 Ouachita Parish, Louisiana 0.09
57 Cass County, Texas 0.09
60 Union County, Arkansas 0.08
60 Colquitt County, Georgia 0.08
60 Bossier Parish, Louisiana 0.08
60 Livingston Parish, Louisiana 0.08
60 Copiah County, Mississippi 0.08
60 Colleton County, South Carolina 0.08
60 Kershaw County, South Carolina 0.08
67 Glynn County, Georgia 0.07
67 Lincoln Parish, Louisiana 0.07
67 Campbell County, Virginia 0.07
67 Rockingham County, Virginia 0.07
71 Tuscaloosa County, Alabama 0.06
71 Dougherty County, Georgia 0.06
71 Henry County, Tennessee 0.06
74 Etowah County, Alabama 0.05
74 East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana 0.05
74 Richland County, South Carolina 0.05
77 Escambia County, Florida 0.03
77 Bibb County, Georgia 0.03
77 Greenville County, South Carolina 0.03
80 Houston County, Alabama 0.02
80 Jefferson County, Alabama 0.02
80 Madison County, Alabama 0.02
80 Georgetown County, South Carolina 0.02
80 Hamilton County, Tennessee 0.02
80 Rutherford County, Tennessee 0.02
80 Shelby County, Tennessee 0.02
80 Denton County, Texas 0.02
80 Jefferson County, Texas 0.02
89 Mobile County, Alabama 0.01
89 Hillsborough County, Florida 0.01
89 Sarasota County, Florida 0.01
89 Chatham County, Georgia 0.01
89 East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana 0.01
94 Duval County, Florida 0.00
94 Cobb County, Georgia 0.00
94 Fulton County, Georgia 0.00
94 Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana 0.00
94 Orleans Parish, Louisiana 0.00
94 Knox County, Tennessee 0.00
94 Dallas County, Texas 0.00
Kemper County, Mississippi
Saluda County, South Carolina
Columbia County, Florida
Palm Beach County, Florida
St. Lucie County, Florida
Charles County, Maryland
Berkeley County, South Carolina
Smith County, Texas
Stafford County, Virginia
     

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 373 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 156.

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