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South Carolina

Denominational Groups, 2000

1,179,544 531,743 4,342 136,719 56,290 2,103,374
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
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant 9 1,096 0.4
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Evangelical Protestant 132 55,344 17.7
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 7 428 0.1
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 79 12,482 4.0
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 51 9,758 3.1
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 163 0.1
Catholic Church Catholic 112 59,027 18.9
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 6 623 0.2
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 18 995 0.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 49 6,473 2.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 25 3,017 1.0
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 45 8,706 2.8
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 269 33,634 10.8
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant 1 1 0.0
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 2 310 0.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 40 11,788 3.8
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 1 117 0.0
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant 1 344 0.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 55 11,035 3.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 95 8,680 2.8
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 134 50,404 16.2
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 155 57,322 18.4
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant 1 206 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 1 19 0.0
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 5 331 0.1
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 243 22,785 7.3
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 12 2,716 0.9
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 11 2,146 0.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 351 93,329 29.9
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 61 11,427 3.7
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant 29 2,887 0.9
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 15 6,031 1.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 40 4,713 1.5
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 1,674 802,152 257.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 7 521 0.2
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 2 282 0.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 1,089 294,818 94.4
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 1 70 0.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 2 109 0.0
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 4,832 1,576,289  

The population of these counties (or equivalent) in 1980 was 3,121,820. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,576,289) include 50.5% of the total population in 1980.

Source

The 1980 data were collected by the Glenmary Research Center and includes statistics for 111 Judeo-Christian church bodies, including number of churches and adherents. These data originally appeared in Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1980, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

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.