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Anderson County (South Carolina)

Religious Traditions, 2010

97,855 7,884 11,775 2,851 50 1,146 65,565
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic Orthodox 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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 96 0.66
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 1,604 11.05
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 616 4.24
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 9,031 62.20
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 1,226 8.44
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 100 0.69
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 43 0.30
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 21 5,196 35.79
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 390 2.69
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 566 3.90
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 354 2.44
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 60 0.41
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 121 0.83
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 450 3.10
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 325 2.24
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 65 0.45
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 1,000 6.89
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 2,242 15.44
Jewish Other Judaism 1 0 0.00
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 253 1.74
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 43 0.30
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 19 4,766 32.82
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 228 1.57
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 90 0.62
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 185 1.27
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 95 58,808 405.02
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 38 8,912 61.38
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 755 5.20
Totals: 243 97,525  

The population of Anderson County, South Carolina was 145,196 in 1990; in 1980 it was 133,235. The total population changed 9.0%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (97,525) included 67.2% 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 for those who are interested in these trends.


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.

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