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