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Charleston-North Charleston, SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

130,825 48,641 74,330 925 41,173 12,556 356,157
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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 89 65,400 151.9
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 106 35,356 82.1
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 24 18,819 43.7
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 33 14,072 32.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 31 10,820 25.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 19 8,898 20.7
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 29 2,887 6.7
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 34 2,333 5.4
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 19 2,203 5.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 2,070 4.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 8 1,747 4.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 1,322 3.1
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 1,194 2.8
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 1,098 2.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 7 995 2.3
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 975 2.3
Jewish Other Judaism 2 923 2.1
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 870 2.0
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 750 1.7
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 675 1.6
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 572 1.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 282 0.7
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 256 0.6
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 233 0.5
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 4 180 0.4
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 151 0.4
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 112 0.3
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 82 0.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 70 0.2
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 64 0.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 48 0.1
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 28 0.1
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 20 0.0
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Totals: 469 175,505  

The population of the Charleston-North Charleston, SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 430,462 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (175,505) included 40.8% of the total population in 1980.

Charleston-North Charleston, SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 3 counties: Berkeley County, South Carolina, Charleston County, South Carolina, Dorchester County, South Carolina.

* 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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