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Spartanburg County (South Carolina)

Religious Traditions, 2010

110,676 10,187 25,252 5,311 270 4,369 128,242
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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 152 96,256 379.27
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 67 18,761 73.92
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 15 6,482 25.54
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 3,850 15.17
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 19 3,759 14.81
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 3,637 14.33
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 6 3,022 11.91
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 15 1,865 7.35
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 1,528 6.02
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 4 1,453 5.73
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 1,431 5.64
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 17 1,047 4.13
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 961 3.79
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 942 3.71
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 533 2.10
Jewish Other Judaism 1 500 1.97
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 448 1.77
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 420 1.65
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 396 1.56
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 385 1.52
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 294 1.16
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 289 1.14
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 254 1.00
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 240 0.95
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 2 199 0.78
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 165 0.65
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 125 0.49
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 121 0.48
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 65 0.26
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 60 0.24
Hindus Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 --- ---
Totals: 366 149,488  

The population of Spartanburg County, South Carolina was 253,791 in 2000; in 1990 it was 226,800. The total population changed 11.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (149,488) included 58.9% 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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