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Charleston County, South Carolina

Religious Traditions, 2010

77,602 37,531 47,209 850 26,003 8,688 152,326
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational adherents include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The 2010 reports contain incomplete counts of congregations and adherents belonging to the eight largest historically African-American denominations. These denominations are not included in the 2000 reports and are largely missing from the 1990 and 1980 reports.
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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 68 24,821 70.9
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 120 0.3
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 15 --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 1,137 3.2
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 66 0.2
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 676 1.9
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 19 26,003 74.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 304 0.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 26 0.1
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 299 0.9
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 0 ---
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 1,451 4.1
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 4 994 2.8
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 109 0.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 4,199 12.0
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 8 --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 469 1.3
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 1,549 4.4
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 118 0.3
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 1 842 2.4
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 22 14,957 42.7
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 12 4,622 13.2
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 8 0.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 720 2.1
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 77 0.2
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 789 2.3
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 6 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 211 0.6
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 95 0.3
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 3 924 2.6
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 91 0.3
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 180 0.5
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 15 10,326 29.5
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 180 0.5
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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79 37,581 107.3
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 130 0.4
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 2 370 1.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 23 11,977 34.2
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 372 1.1
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 4 611 1.7
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 1,107 3.2
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 278 0.8
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 1,693 4.8
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 59 31,780 90.7
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 374 1.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 522 1.5
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 43 14,724 42.0
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 1 0.0
Totals: 477 197,883  

The population of Charleston County, South Carolina was 350,209 in 2010; in 2000 it was 309,969. The total population changed 13.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (197,883) included 56.5% of the total population in 2010.

* 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 the Catholic Church, 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]

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2010 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of 7.6 in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that about 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County were Episcopalian.