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Charleston County, South Carolina

Denominational Groups, 2000

48,213 49,651 1,204 23,772 9,506 177,623
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 55 35,854 115.7
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 38 17,612 56.8
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 26 12,816 41.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 23 12,073 39.0
Catholic Church Catholic 19 23,772 76.7
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 13 6,021 19.4
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 9 501 1.6
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 8 991 3.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 8 1,931 6.2
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 5 2,032 6.6
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 5 1,360 4.4
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 4 1,422 4.6
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 4 176 0.6
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 3 5,000 16.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 3 1,502 4.9
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 3 408 1.3
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 2,650 8.6
Buddhism Other Theology 3 n.a. n.a.
Bahá'í Other Theology 3 660 2.1
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a. n.a.
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 2 213 0.7
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 920 3.0
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 2 95 0.3
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 278 0.9
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 2 122 0.4
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 2 497 1.6
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 2 516 1.7
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 1 1,140 3.7
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 1 64 0.2
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 1 38 0.1
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 100 0.3
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 1 87 0.3
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 1 29 0.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 1 312 1.0
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 243 0.8
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 1 520 1.7
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 88 0.3
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 1 303 1.0
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 266 132,346  
Total (Adjusted)**:   194,822  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 295,039; in 2000 it was 309,969. The total population changed 5.1%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (132,346) include 42.7% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (194,822) include 62.9% of the population.

Source

*The “Unadjusted Totals” come from the 1990 and 2000 data collected by representatives of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). While quite comprehensive, this data excludes most of the historically African-American denominations and some other major groups. As a result, these numbers will be an underestimate of the total adherence rate, particularly in areas with a large African-American population. The 2000 data included 149 religious groups and the final results are published in Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Copyright © 2002, All rights reserved. The 1990 data included 132 groups and the final results are published in Churches and Church Membership in the United States 1990 Copyright © 1990, All rights reserved. Published by Glenmary Research Center, 1312 Fifth Ave., North, Nashville, TN 37208. www.glenmary.org [More information on the data collection]

**The “Adjusted Totals” include all adherents in the denominations counted by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and estimates adherent totals for the historically African-American denominations and other religious groups not listed in the ASARB totals. An article by Roger Finke and Christopher P. Scheitle (2005) reviews how these estimates were computed.

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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