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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
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism --- --- ---
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 64 0.1
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 2,456 4.5
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 188 0.3
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 4 1,032 1.9
Buddhists Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 25 33,145 60.4
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 82 0.1
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 12 2,008 3.7
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 1,392 2.5
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 388 0.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 3,489 6.4
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 493 0.9
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 7 3,132 5.7
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 947 1.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 12 2,551 4.6
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 88 0.2
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 100 0.2
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 35 14,616 26.6
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 19 8,361 15.2
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 29 0.1
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,140 2.1
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 5,650 10.3
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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2 920 1.7
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 243 0.4
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 27 2,176 4.0
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Jewish Other Judaism 3 5,000 9.1
Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 768 1.4
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 38 0.1
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 87 0.2
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 5 2,032 3.7
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 185 0.3
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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--- --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 30 14,846 27.0
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 538 1.0
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 303 0.6
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 8 1,883 3.4
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 109 66,317 120.8
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism --- --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 312 0.6
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 497 0.9
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 105 37,146 67.7
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 203 0.4
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 92 0.2
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: 500 214,937  

The population of the Charleston-North Charleston, SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 549,033 in 2000; in 1990 it was 506,875. The total population changed 8.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (214,937) included 39.1% of the total population in 2000.

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.