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Charleston-North Charleston, SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

130,825 48,641 74,330 925 41,173 12,556 356,157
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 133 62,494 94.0
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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112 47,052 70.8
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 25 41,173 62.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 106 32,960 49.6
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 106 32,218 48.5
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 30 16,857 25.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 29 14,332 21.6
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 23 12,234 18.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 17 6,753 10.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 8 6,312 9.5
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 4,917 7.4
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 18 2,975 4.5
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 29 2,851 4.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 14 2,803 4.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 14 2,561 3.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 10 2,258 3.4
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 9 1,652 2.5
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 1,265 1.9
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 4 1,232 1.9
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 1,107 1.7
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 2 1,076 1.6
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 1,056 1.6
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 1,033 1.6
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 927 1.4
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 864 1.3
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 1 842 1.3
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 822 1.2
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 720 1.1
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 4 611 0.9
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 522 0.8
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 478 0.7
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 3 381 0.6
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 374 0.6
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 2 370 0.6
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 313 0.5
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 309 0.5
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 278 0.4
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 267 0.4
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 186 0.3
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 180 0.3
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 146 0.2
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 130 0.2
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 118 0.2
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 95 0.1
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 95 0.1
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 77 0.1
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 75 0.1
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 67 0.1
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 1 14 0.0
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 9 0.0
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 8 0.0
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 1 0.0
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 33 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 14 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 10 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 --- ---
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 --- ---
United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 868 308,450  

The population of the Charleston-North Charleston, SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 664,607 in 2010; in 2000 it was 549,033. The total population changed 21.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (308,450) included 46.4% of the total population in 2010.

Charleston-North Charleston, SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 3 counties: Berkeley County, South Carolina, Charleston County, South Carolina, Dorchester County, South Carolina.

* 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.