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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 % Change
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 +90 +257.1%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +2 +190 +190.0%
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +4 +320 +178.8%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +0 +476 +141.7%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness +1 +51 +100.0%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +1 +1,253 +92.0%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints +10 +16,967 +83.1%
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints +1 +214 +82.9%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +10 +22,410 +66.3%
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +1 +355 +55.0%
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist -1 +101 +52.9%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 +195 +39.2%
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +2 +303 +38.7%
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +0 +93 +34.4%
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism +1 +45,024 +32.9%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist +18 +2,023 +22.0%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +6 +3,387 +18.6%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal +1 +266 +17.5%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +1 +466 +12.1%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -4 +5,456 +9.6%
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +12 +2,148 +9.2%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +4 +352 +7.7%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +9 +725 +5.5%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism -8 +2,129 +4.1%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -13 +27 +0.5%
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups +6 +31 +0.5%
Bahá'í Other Other Groups -11 -27 -0.2%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist +3 -22 -0.3%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +232 -14,578 -1.6%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness +2 -938 -7.3%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist -31 -28,417 -9.4%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness +0 -296 -10.1%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +1 -401 -11.7%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran -4 -7,464 -12.2%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -7 -12,819 -12.3%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness -6 -441 -15.4%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist -5 -1,813 -23.9%
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) -1 -76 -25.7%
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +0 -8 -25.8%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -4 -4,092 -27.9%
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -2 -319 -28.1%
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist -3 -248 -29.8%
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups -1 -62 -30.1%
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist -1 -237 -37.3%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness -5 -3,618 -39.8%
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +0 -405 -41.9%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist -2 -1,968 -67.8%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -1 -157 -68.0%
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism --- --- ---
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, OR Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +6 --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist +0 --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Conservative Yearly Meetings of Friends* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Free Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 --- ---
International Fellowship of Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant
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Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
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 --- --- ---
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist +4 --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church General Assembly Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +1 --- ---
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism --- --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
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 --- --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: +231 +26,646 +1%

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.

The population of South Carolina was 4,012,012 in 2000; in 1990 it was 3,486,703. The total population changed 15.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,908,638) included 47.6% of the total population in 2000.

* 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.