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Richland County, South Carolina

Religious Traditions, 2010

93,739 28,502 47,813 700 16,300 10,136 187,314
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
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 89 0.3
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 1,283 4.5
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 1,591 5.6
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 569 2.0
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 3,513 12.3
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 31,995 112.0
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 8 7,530 26.4
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 174 0.6
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 274 1.0
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 365 1.3
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 540 1.9
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 968 3.4
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 37 0.1
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 80 0.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,616 5.7
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 764 2.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 1,271 4.4
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 12 7,662 26.8
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 22 8,406 29.4
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 38 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 30 0.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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4 1,420 5.0
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 1,267 4.4
Jewish Other Judaism 3 1,264 4.4
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 365 1.3
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 192 0.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 13 8,956 31.3
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 4,248 14.9
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 20 0.1
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 16 0.1
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 111 0.4
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 1,199 4.2
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 56 44,810 156.8
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 426 1.5
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 36 21,180 74.1
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 317 1.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Totals: 248 154,586  

The population of Richland County, South Carolina was 285,720 in 1990; in 1980 it was 269,735. The total population changed 5.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (154,586) included 54.1% of the total population in 1990.

* 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.