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Richland County (South Carolina)

Religious Traditions, 2010

93,739 28,502 47,813 16,300 700 10,136 187,314
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
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 2,747 8.57
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 869 2.71
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 4,210 13.13
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 2 503 1.57
Buddhists Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 7 12,681 39.54
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 167 0.52
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 322 1.00
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 491 1.53
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 326 1.02
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 1,119 3.49
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 8 0.02
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 88 0.27
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,086 3.39
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 1,306 4.07
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 1,235 3.85
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 39 0.12
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 31 0.10
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 12 7,769 24.23
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 21 8,612 26.86
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 63 0.20
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 232 0.72
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 79 0.25
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 783 2.44
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 700 2.18
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 606 1.89
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 2,014 6.28
Jewish Other Judaism 2 2,750 8.58
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 270 0.84
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 54 0.17
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 2 1,218 3.80
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 61 0.19
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 14 9,888 30.83
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 3,997 12.46
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 225 0.70
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 578 1.80
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 62 43,356 135.20
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 237 0.74
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 38 22,351 69.70
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 211 0.66
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 111 0.35
Totals: 254 133,393  

The population of Richland County, South Carolina was 320,677 in 2000; in 1990 it was 285,720. The total population changed 12.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (133,393) included 41.6% 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 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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