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South Carolina - State Membership Report (2020)

Exact definitions of "congregations" and "adherents" vary by religious body. Congregations may be parishes, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, or another site where a religious body has regularly scheduled worship services. Adherents generally are members, children who are not members, and others who are not members but are considered participants in the congregation.

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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2,109 816,405 159.50
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 1,141 454,063 88.71
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 120 407,840 79.68
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 976 242,467 47.37
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 449 108,516 21.20
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 282 63,370 12.38
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 307 59,054 11.54
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 132 54,018 10.55
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 185 46,010 8.99
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 72 41,358 8.08
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 151 40,534 7.92
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 149 40,105 7.84
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 42 31,372 6.13
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 90 29,571 5.78
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 117 25,415 4.97
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 132 21,385 4.18
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 125 20,633 4.03
Bible Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ World Wide, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 7 17,260 3.37
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 15 17,062 3.33
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 136 14,690 2.87
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 102 12,023 2.35
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 69 11,738 2.29
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 82 11,492 2.25
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 42 8,633 1.69
Hindu, Traditional Temples Hinduism Hinduism Family 9 8,093 1.58
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 49 7,098 1.39
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 25 6,677 1.30
Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 46 6,600 1.29
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 54 6,181 1.21
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 14 5,261 1.03
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 40 4,994 0.98
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 7 4,616 0.90
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 36 4,544 0.89
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 7 3,976 0.78
Reform Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 7 3,430 0.67
Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 19 3,066 0.60
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 17 3,010 0.59
Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 2 2,220 0.43
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 7 2,182 0.43
United House of Prayer Black Protestant 16 2,146 0.42
Conservative Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 4 2,104 0.41
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 10 1,954 0.38
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 8 1,943 0.38
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 37 1,827 0.36
Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism Buddhism Family 5 1,699 0.33
Association of Vineyard Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 8 1,674 0.33
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 4 1,508 0.29
National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 5 1,360 0.27
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 9 1,300 0.25
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 17 1,119 0.22
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 9 988 0.19
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 4 925 0.18
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 2 923 0.18
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 5 875 0.17
Orthodox Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 7 830 0.16
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 6 709 0.14
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 10 569 0.11
American Baptist Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 3 430 0.08
Unaffiliated Conservative Mennonite Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 3 364 0.07
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Black Protestant Baptist Family 2 360 0.07
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 3 358 0.07
Hindu Yoga and Meditation Hinduism 7 290 0.06
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 4 269 0.05
Biblical Mennonite Alliance Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 2 252 0.05
General Association of General Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 230 0.04
Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 2 220 0.04
South Atlantic Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 2 211 0.04
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 185 0.04
Free Methodist Church – USA Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 181 0.04
Friends General Conference Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 6 159 0.03
Church of God General Conference (Abrahamic Faith, McDonough, GA) Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 4 152 0.03
Central Baptist Association Ministries Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 135 0.03
Armenian Apostolic Church (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 110 0.02
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 108 0.02
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 95 0.02
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 94 0.02
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 68 0.01
Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 60 0.01
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference of the United States and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2 53 0.01
Convention of Original Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 3 49 0.01
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant Other Groups Family 1 40 0.01
Evangelical Covenant Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 1 7 0.00
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 5 0.00
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 0 0.00
Church of Jesus Christ (Bickertonite) Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 2
General Church of the New Jerusalem Other Christians Spiritualist Family 1
International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Jain Other Other Groups Family 1
Converge Worldwide Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
Association of Messianic Congregations Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 17
Anglican Province of America Mainline Protestant 2
Anglican Church in America Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 1
Diocese of the Holy Cross Mainline Protestant 6
Holy Catholic Church Anglican Rite Mainline Protestant 1
Orthodox Anglican Church Mainline Protestant 3
Higher Ground Always Abounding Assemblies Evangelical Protestant 1
Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Grace Communion International Evangelical Protestant 2
Christ's Sanctified Holy Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2
Anglican Catholic Church Other Christians Anglican/Episcopal Family 4
Christian Congregation in North America Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Reformed Baptist Network Evangelical Protestant 1
Sovereign Grace Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
The Church of God Evangelical Protestant 7
The Local Churches Evangelical Protestant 2
United American Free Will Baptist Denomination, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 4
Bible Methodist Connection of Churches Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1
Unification Church Other Other Groups Family 1
Covenant Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 2
Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America Evangelical Protestant 2
United Church of God Other Christians Adventist Family 1
Every Nation Evangelical Protestant 1
Chabad Judaism Judaism 6
Evangel Presbytery Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 4
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 95
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, Oregon Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 3
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 2
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 63
Bible Presbyterian Church (General Synod) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3
Calvary Chapel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christians Christian Science Family 3
Church of God by Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 11
Unity Churches, Association of Other Christians Other Groups Family 7
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 106
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 3
Congregational Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 19
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 4
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church (1981) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 18
Free Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 3
Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 6
International Fellowship of Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1
New Apostolic Church USA Other Christians Other Groups Family 2
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 12
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 18
Reformed Episcopal Church Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 32
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 2
American Sikh Council Other Other Groups Family 4
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 44
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 54
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this state was 5,118,425 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,695,900) included 52.7% of the total population in 2020. The adherence rate is the number of adherents of a given group per 1,000 people in the general population.

Note that data collection methods for religious bodies change over time, affecting the comparability of statistics. For further information, see the U.S. Religion Census website at https://www.usreligioncensus.org/.

The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 372 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 155.

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