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Fairfield County, South Carolina

Denominational Groups, 2000

5,669 2,203   50 96 15,436
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
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 1 55 2.4
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 2 264 11.3
Bahá'í Other Theology 0 96 4.1
Catholic Church Catholic 1 50 2.1
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 1 12 0.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 1 330 14.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 2 90 3.8
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 1 381 16.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 75 3.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 3 286 12.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 1 100 4.3
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 8 818 34.9
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 4 565 24.1
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 17 3,755 160.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 7 1,099 46.9
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 42 1.8
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 51 8,018  
Total (Adjusted)**:   15,531  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 22,295; in 2000 it was 23,454. The total population changed 5.2%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (8,018) include 34.2% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (15,531) include 66.2% of the population.


*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. [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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