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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 1,878 928,341 231.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 1,047 302,528 75.4
Catholic Church Catholic 118 136,719 34.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 325 103,883 25.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 167 61,380 15.3
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 297 56,612 14.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 138 52,486 13.1
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 249 33,820 8.4
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 98 23,313 5.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 54 20,424 5.1
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 112 18,219 4.5
Bahá'í Other Theology 33 17,586 4.4
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 69 14,659 3.7
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 12 13,200 3.3
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 118 13,091 3.3
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 64 12,824 3.2
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 16 11,435 2.9
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 15 11,000 2.7
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 57 9,187 2.3
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 67 9,081 2.3
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 123 7,583 1.9
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 40 6,613 1.7
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 130 5,763 1.4
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 15 5,761 1.4
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 31 4,567 1.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 7 3,867 1.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 16 3,440 0.9
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 18 2,930 0.7
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 4 2,902 0.7
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 45 2,856 0.7
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 9 1,519 0.4
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 12 1,362 0.3
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 11 1,136 0.3
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 1 1,082 0.3
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 3 967 0.2
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 9 832 0.2
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 5 783 0.2
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 4 645 0.2
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 5 636 0.2
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 6 510 0.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 2 497 0.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 4 336 0.1
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 5 296 0.1
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 270 0.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 2 231 0.1
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 3 258 0.1
Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 3 191 0.1
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 3 206 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 3 166 0.0
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 2 179 0.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 1 100 0.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 100 0.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 2 71 0.0
Independent Free Will Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 1 22 0.0
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 31 0.0
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 35 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 1 51 0.0
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Baptist Associations/Fellowships Evangelical Protestant 1 56 0.0
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 10 n.a. n.a.
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 27 n.a. n.a.
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Buddhism Other Theology 4 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 8 n.a. n.a.
Hindu Other Theology 3 n.a. n.a.
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 5,522 1,908,638  
Total (Adjusted)**:   2,678,847  
The population of these 46 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 3,486,703; in 2000 it was 4,012,012. The total population changed 15.1%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,908,638) include 47.6% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (2,678,847) include 66.8% of the population.

Source

*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. www.glenmary.org [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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