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The Southern Methodist Church was founded in 1939 by members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, who rejected that church's merger with the Methodist Episcopal Church and Methodist Protestant Church to form The Methodist Church in 1939.

Using data from the 1980-2010 Religious Congregations and Membership Studies, this list ranks U.S. counties on the highest total number of adherents and the highest percent of the population in the Southern Methodist Church. You can sort the list by clicking on the column headings.

Congregational "Adherents" include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. "Percent" is the percentage of the total population that belongs to that denomination. Note: Adherents are sometimes residents of a county different than the location of their congregation.

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Complete List

Ranking County   [Download CSV]AdherentsPercent
1 Orangeburg County, South Carolina
1,036
1.26
2 Clarendon County, South Carolina
293
1.07
3 Marion County, South Carolina
359
1.05
4 Red River Parish, Louisiana
99
0.95
5 Wayne County, Mississippi
164
0.86
6 Calhoun County, South Carolina
91
0.75
7 Dorchester County, South Carolina
375
0.64
7 Madison County, Florida
95
0.64
8 Barnwell County, South Carolina
124
0.62
9 Smith County, Tennessee
75
0.5
10 Dillon County, South Carolina
138
0.44
11 Darlington County, South Carolina
243
0.39
12 Columbia County, Arkansas
99
0.37
13 Wheeler County, Texas
26
0.36
14 Bibb County, Alabama
55
0.35
15 Claiborne Parish, Louisiana
54
0.32
15 Florence County, South Carolina
356
0.32
16 Bamberg County, South Carolina
53
0.29
16 Lee County, South Carolina
55
0.29
17 Newberry County, South Carolina
82
0.26
18 Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana
199
0.25
19 Williamson County, Tennessee
138
0.24
20 Sumter County, South Carolina
192
0.22
21 Bedford County, Tennessee
59
0.21
21 Forrest County, Mississippi
140
0.21
21 Lauderdale County, Mississippi
160
0.21
22 Clarke County, Mississippi
32
0.19
22 Davidson County, Tennessee
895
0.19
22 Lexington County, South Carolina
265
0.19
22 Washington County, Georgia
36
0.19
23 Lowndes County, Georgia
121
0.18
23 Madison County, Tennessee
133
0.18
24 Effingham County, Georgia
31
0.17
24 Lafayette County, Mississippi
54
0.17
24 Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana
68
0.17
25 Horry County, South Carolina
162
0.16
25 Pike County, Mississippi
59
0.16
26 De Soto Parish, Louisiana
38
0.15
26 Laurens County, South Carolina
79
0.15
26 Richmond County, Georgia
265
0.15
27 Charleston County, South Carolina
375
0.14
27 Chesterfield County, South Carolina
53
0.14
27 Floyd County, Georgia
112
0.14
27 Sumter County, Georgia
42
0.14
28 Williamsburg County, South Carolina
51
0.13
29 Bienville Parish, Louisiana
20
0.12
29 Caddo Parish, Louisiana
315
0.12
29 Monroe County, Tennessee
35
0.12
29 Oconee County, South Carolina
59
0.12
29 Webster Parish, Louisiana
53
0.12
30 Aiken County, South Carolina
116
0.11
30 Harrison County, Texas
59
0.11
30 Humphreys County, Tennessee
18
0.11
30 Tift County, Georgia
35
0.11
31 Cass County, Texas
28
0.1
31 Dale County, Alabama
48
0.1
31 Martin County, Florida
65
0.1
31 Ouachita Parish, Louisiana
133
0.1
31 Suwannee County, Florida
22
0.1
32 Bossier Parish, Louisiana
70
0.09
32 Colquitt County, Georgia
31
0.09
32 Copiah County, Mississippi
23
0.09
32 Kershaw County, South Carolina
34
0.09
32 Union County, Arkansas
43
0.09
33 Colleton County, South Carolina
26
0.08
33 Lincoln Parish, Louisiana
31
0.08
33 Livingston Parish, Louisiana
48
0.08
34 Campbell County, Virginia
82
0.07
34 Dougherty County, Georgia
69
0.07
34 Glynn County, Georgia
41
0.07
34 Henry County, Tennessee
19
0.07
34 Rockingham County, Virginia
54
0.07
34 Tuscaloosa County, Alabama
95
0.07
35 Etowah County, Alabama
60
0.06
36 East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana
10
0.05
36 Richland County, South Carolina
137
0.05
37 Bibb County, Georgia
49
0.03
37 Denton County, Texas
38
0.03
37 Escambia County, Florida
78
0.03
37 Georgetown County, South Carolina
12
0.03
37 Greenville County, South Carolina
94
0.03
37 Hamilton County, Tennessee
73
0.03
37 Jefferson County, Alabama
187
0.03
37 Jefferson County, Texas
68
0.03
38 Houston County, Alabama
15
0.02
38 Madison County, Alabama
46
0.02
38 Rutherford County, Tennessee
20
0.02
38 Sarasota County, Florida
33
0.02
38 Shelby County, Tennessee
161
0.02
39 Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana
15
0.01
39 Chatham County, Georgia
30
0.01
39 Cobb County, Georgia
25
0.01
39 Dallas County, Texas
96
0.01
39 East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
43
0.01
39 Hillsborough County, Florida
84
0.01
39 Knox County, Tennessee
18
0.01
39 Mobile County, Alabama
45
0.01
39 Orleans Parish, Louisiana
43
0.01
40 Duval County, Florida
15
0
40 Fulton County, Georgia
20
0
41 Berkeley County, South Carolina
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41 Charles County, Maryland
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41 Columbia County, Florida
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41 Palm Beach County, Florida
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41 Smith County, Texas
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41 St. Lucie County, Florida
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41 Stafford County, Virginia
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* In an effort to better match the ASARB standards for adherents, a few religious bodies changed the way their adherents were reported in 2010, including Amish groups, Friends groups, Jewish groups, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Non-denominational Christian Churches, and the United Methodist Church. This change does not affect any of the data in the newly released 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. In fact, the data for these groups are now more comparable to that of other bodies than it was in previous decadal reports.

However, the change in methodology can distort assessments on growth or decline between 2000 and 2010 for each of these groups. County-level 2000 data using the new methodology are not readily available. ASARB staff has adjusted some 2000 county-level adherent statistics to allow for a more accurate picture on growth or decline. The revised maps and charts are now available on-line at www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

2010 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 236 religious groups, providing information on the number of their congregations and adherents within each state and county in the United States. Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E. Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study, published by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). [More information on the data collection]