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Orangeburg County, South Carolina

Religious Traditions, 2010

26,734 9,400 15,336   1,125 2,313 37,593
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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 55 19,765 213.7
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 49 12,384 133.9
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 29 7,453 80.6
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
28 3,887 42.0
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 5 1,460 15.8
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 2 1,146 12.4
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 3 1,125 12.2
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 1,033 11.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 762 8.2
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 732 7.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 3 574 6.2
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 543 5.9
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 537 5.8
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 500 5.4
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 475 5.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 400 4.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 383 4.1
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 365 3.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 304 3.3
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 229 2.5
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 221 2.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 2 204 2.2
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 200 2.2
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 122 1.3
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 92 1.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 12 0.1
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 0 ---
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 4 --- ---
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Totals: 236 54,908  

The population of Orangeburg County, South Carolina was 92,501 in 2010; in 2000 it was 91,582. The total population changed 1.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (54,908) included 59.4% 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 for those who are interested in these trends.


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.

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