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South Carolina

Religious Traditions, 2010

1,410,988 256,178 482,103 5,557 181,743 76,874 2,211,921
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
International Fellowship of Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant
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1 --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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826 241,583 52.2
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 399 0.1
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 93 --- ---
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 75 11,210 2.4
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 584 0.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 934 0.2
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 43 6,591 1.4
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 35 4,919 1.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 127 13,816 3.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 292 0.1
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 8 --- ---
Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 562 0.1
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 118 5,770 1.2
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 12 4,976 1.1
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 185 64,925 14.0
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 27 4,845 1.0
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 44 23,963 5.2
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 --- ---
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2,110 913,763 197.6
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 119 181,743 39.3
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 11 --- ---
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 220 0.0
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 330 0.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 8 4,333 0.9
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 6 499 0.1
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 175 0.0
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 54 --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 130 54,615 11.8
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 363 0.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 74 0.0
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 23 0.0
Conservative Yearly Meetings of Friends* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 0 ---
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 8 36 0.0
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 --- ---
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 13 2,615 0.6
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 39 2,415 0.5
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 66 11,886 2.6
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 102 0.0
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 340 0.1
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 18 2,634 0.6
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 62 5,463 1.2
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 4 2,100 0.5
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 6 590 0.1
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 9 3,820 0.8
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism 1 --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 64 37,391 8.1
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 4 472 0.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 10 1,785 0.4
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 --- ---
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 163 53,916 11.7
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 17 3,039 0.7
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 8 1,488 0.3
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 --- ---
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 812 0.2
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 564 120,854 26.1
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 138 21,956 4.7
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 42 7,937 1.7
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 56 0.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 290 0.1
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 54 --- ---
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,016 274,111 59.3
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 22 17,559 3.8
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 5 2,148 0.5
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 2 695 0.2
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 4 521 0.1
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 6 169 0.0
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 4 3,816 0.8
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 2 144 0.0
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 21 5,792 1.3
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 6 --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 16 0.0
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, OR Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 171 0.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 118 21,606 4.7
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 --- ---
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 293 62,068 13.4
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 36 6,722 1.5
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 117 5,790 1.3
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 38 --- ---
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 18 1,539 0.3
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 817 0.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 259 56,230 12.2
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 53 --- ---
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 46 --- ---
United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 1,000 0.2
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 65 10,567 2.3
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 30 0.0
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 0 ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 1,086 0.2
Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Free Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 --- ---
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 125 0.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 318 91,064 19.7
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 110 25,461 5.5
Reformed Presbyterian Church General Assembly Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 692 0.1
Totals: 8,051 2,413,443  

The population of South Carolina was 4,625,364 in 2010; in 2000 it was 4,012,012. The total population changed 15.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,413,443) included 52.2% 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 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.