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