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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
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 11 1,042 0.3
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 167 65,122 18.7
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 1,591 0.5
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 115 16,045 4.6
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 64 14,624 4.2
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 206 0.1
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 345,858 99.2
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 120 78,768 22.6
Central Baptist Association Ministries Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 248 0.1
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 921 0.3
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 19 1,394 0.4
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 52 5,958 1.7
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 29 3,910 1.1
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 11 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 42 3,070 0.9
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 267 44,422 12.7
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 37 0.0
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 420 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 150 6,179 1.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 49 16,896 4.8
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 60 0.0
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 334 0.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 57 12,203 3.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 111 12,861 3.7
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 135 48,655 14.0
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 164 61,489 17.6
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 176 0.1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 650 0.2
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 754 0.2
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 89 0.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 6 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 3 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 3,900 1.1
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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20 15,650 4.5
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 242 25,112 7.2
Jewish Other Judaism 20 8,558 2.5
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 15 3,026 0.9
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 7 542 0.2
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 117 17,789 5.1
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 330 93,714 26.9
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 95 19,987 5.7
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 124 0.0
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 32 2,848 0.8
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 16 1,626 0.5
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 97 0.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 51 8,195 2.4
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1,781 894,390 256.5
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 8 1,229 0.4
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 235 0.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,074 308,915 88.6
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 68 7,676 2.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 233 0.1
Totals: 5,509 2,157,828  

The population of South Carolina was 3,486,703 in 1990; in 1980 it was 3,121,820. The total population changed 11.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,157,828) included 61.9% 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.