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Dorchester County (South Carolina)

Religious Traditions, 2010

25,075 4,722 16,775 7,926 75 1,653 80,329
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 16 2,641 19.34
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 189 1.38
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 --- ---
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 80 0.59
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 83 0.61
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 1 14 0.10
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 7,926 58.04
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 67 0.49
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 5 1,298 9.51
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 250 1.83
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 757 5.54
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 267 1.96
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 596 4.36
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 516 3.78
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 1,556 11.39
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 743 5.44
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 1,462 10.71
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 2 984 7.21
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 177 1.30
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 2 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 267 1.96
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 4 1,135 8.31
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
18 4,757 34.84
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 1,326 9.71
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 139 1.02
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 75 0.55
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 449 3.29
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 34 16,454 120.49
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 --- ---
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 31 11,705 85.72
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 313 2.29
Totals: 166 56,226  

The population of Dorchester County, South Carolina was 136,555 in 2010; in 2000 it was 96,413. The total population changed 41.6%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (56,226) included 41.2% 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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