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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 11 1,042 0.3
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Evangelical Protestant 167 65,122 18.7
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 3 1,591 0.5
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 115 16,045 4.6
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 64 14,624 4.2
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 206 0.1
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant n.a. 345,858 99.2
Catholic Church Catholic 120 78,768 22.6
Central Baptist Association Ministries Evangelical Protestant 2 248 0.1
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 11 921 0.3
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 19 1,394 0.4
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 52 5,958 1.7
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 29 3,910 1.1
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Theology 11 n.a. n.a.
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 42 3,070 0.9
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 267 44,422 12.7
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant 1 37 0.0
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 3 420 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 150 6,179 1.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 49 16,896 4.9
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 1 60 0.0
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant 1 334 0.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 57 12,203 3.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 111 12,861 3.7
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 135 48,655 14.0
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 164 61,489 17.6
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant 2 176 0.1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 4 650 0.2
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 3 89 0.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 6 n.a. n.a.
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 5 3,900 1.1
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 20 15,650 4.5
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 9 754 0.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 242 25,112 7.2
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 20 8,558 2.5
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 15 3,026 0.9
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 7 542 0.2
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 117 17,789 5.1
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 330 93,714 26.9
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 95 19,987 5.7
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 4 124 0.0
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant 32 2,848 0.8
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 16 1,626 0.5
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant 2 97 0.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 51 8,195 2.4
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 1,781 894,390 256.5
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 8 1,229 0.4
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 2 235 0.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 1,074 308,915 88.6
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 68 7,676 2.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 3 233 0.1
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 5,509 2,157,828  
The population of these counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 3,486,703. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,157,828) include 61.9% of the total population in 1990.

Source

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.