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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 Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 1,498 8.01
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 50 0.27
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 930 4.97
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 264 1.41
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 172 0.92
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 1 16 0.09
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 2,851 15.24
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 675 3.61
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 22 6,100 32.60
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 25 0.13
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 499 2.67
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 933 4.99
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 33 0.18
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 138 0.74
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 496 2.65
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 293 1.57
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 146 0.78
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 25 0.13
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 3,609 19.29
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 166 0.89
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 47 0.25
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 9 2,255 12.05
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
33 7,839 41.89
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 18 3,220 17.21
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 549 2.93
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 9 3,456 18.47
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 110 0.59
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 284 1.52
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 122 76,696 409.86
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 37 7,766 41.50
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 420 2.24
Totals: 338 121,561  

The population of Anderson County, South Carolina was 187,126 in 2010; in 2000 it was 165,740. The total population changed 12.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (121,561) included 65.0% of the total population in 2010.

* 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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