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