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Abbeville County, South Carolina

Denominational Groups, 2000

10,361 2,786   128 26 12,866
Evangelical Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational "adherents" include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The historically African American denominations are not included in the 2000 congregation and membership totals. Many are also missing in 1990 and most historically African American denominations are missing in the 1980 reports.
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Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 4 552 23.1
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 147 6.2
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant n.a. 3,219 134.9
Catholic Church Catholic 1 119 5.0
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 3 290 12.2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 1 41 1.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 475 19.9
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 1 110 4.6
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 2 441 18.5
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 1 126 5.3
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 10 1,100 46.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 3 469 19.7
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant 1 25 1.1
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 20 8,128 340.6
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 12 2,181 91.4
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 61 17,423  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 23,862. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (17,423) include 73.0% of the total population in 1990.


The 1990 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 132 religious groups, including number of churches and adherents. Martin B. Bradley, Norman M. Green, Jr., Dale E. Jones, Mac Lynn, and Lou McNeil supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1990, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

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The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2000 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of approximately 8 (8.1) in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County are Episcopalian.

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