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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 % Change
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant +3 -145 -13.0%
Catholic Church Catholic +1 +8,820 59.0%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 0 -117 -18.0%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +1 +114 70.0%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 0 -145 -60.0%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant -1 +531 64.0%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant +4 +176 n.a.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 0 +192 15.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant -2 -516 -71.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant +3 +459 31.0%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant +1 +100 n.a.
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 0 +829 7.0%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant -2 -1,308 -18.0%
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant +1 +29 n.a.
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox +1 +1,140 n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +3 +2,650 n.a.
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant +2 +920 n.a.
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant -1 -439 -47.0%
Jewish Estimate Other Theology +1 +4,077 442.0%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 0 +98 23.0%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant +2 +122 n.a.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant -2 +3,283 37.0%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant +1 +257 170.0%
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 0 +47 18.0%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant +1 +807 131.0%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant +4 -9,004 -20.0%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 0 +200 179.0%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 0 +215 76.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant +5 -260 -2.0%
  Totals: +26 13,132 +11.3%

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1980 was 276,974; in 2000 it was 309,969. The total population changed 5.1%. The adherent totals for 1980 (117,524) represent 42.4% of the 1980 population. The adherent totals for 2000 (132,346) include 42.7% of the 2000 population. The totals represent the change in groups that reported in both 1980 and 2000 only. There is sufficient data for 29 groups to calculate 1980-2000 change. These 29 groups had 116,002 adherents in 1980 and 129,134 adherents in 2000, for a change of 11.3%

Sources

The 2000 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and includes statistics for 149 religious groups, including number of churches and adherents. Dale E. Jones, Sherri Doty, Clifford Grammich, James E. Horsch, Richard Houseal, Mac Lynn, John P. Marcum, Kenneth M. Sanchagrin and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Religious Congregations & Membership in the United States, 2000, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

The 1980 data were collected by the Glenmary Research Center and include statistics for 111 Judeo-Christian church bodies, including number of churches and adherents. Bernard Quinn, Herman Anderson, Martin Bradley, Paul Goetting and Peggy Shriver supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1980, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

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