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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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1,674 802,152 257.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1,089 294,818 94.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 352 93,454 29.9
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 112 59,027 18.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 155 57,322 18.4
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 132 55,344 17.7
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 135 50,600 16.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 270 33,682 10.8
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 245 22,843 7.3
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 56 21,060 6.7
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 80 12,508 4.0
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 45 12,506 4.0
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 61 11,427 3.7
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 56 11,189 3.6
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 52 9,778 3.1
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 46 8,736 2.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 95 8,680 2.8
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 49 6,473 2.1
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 15 6,031 1.9
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 60 4,860 1.6
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 41 4,734 1.5
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 25 3,017 1.0
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 30 2,928 0.9
Jewish Other Judaism 12 2,716 0.9
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 11 2,146 0.7
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 10 1,207 0.4
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 19 1,095 0.4
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 788 0.3
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 650 0.2
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 545 0.2
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 7 521 0.2
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 344 0.1
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 331 0.1
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 310 0.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 282 0.1
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 242 0.1
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 234 0.1
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 163 0.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 117 0.0
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 115 0.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 109 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 70 0.0
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 43 0.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 19 0.0
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 15 0.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Totals: 4,994 1,605,231  

The population of South Carolina was 3,121,820 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,605,231) included 51.4% of the total population in 1980.

* 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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