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Big Stone County, Minnesota

Denominational Groups, 2000

2,015 2,531   1,875    
Evangelical Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational "adherents" include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The historically African American denominations are not included in the 2000 congregation and membership totals. Many are also missing in 1990 and most historically African American denominations are missing in the 1980 reports.
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Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 1 60 10.3
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 2 285 49.0
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 114 19.6
Catholic Church Catholic 4 1,875 322.2
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 30 5.2
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 6 1,957 336.3
Hutterian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 2 200 34.4
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 4 1,079 185.4
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 1 31 5.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 2 145 24.9
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 4 429 73.7
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 2 216 37.1
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 30 6,421  
Total (Adjusted)**:   7,062  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 6,285; in 2000 it was 5,820. The total population changed -7.4%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (6,421) include 110.3% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (7,062) include 121.3% of the population.


*The Unadjusted Totals come from the 1990 and 2000 data collected by representatives of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). While quite comprehensive, this data excludes most of the historically African-American denominations and some other major groups. As a result, these numbers will be an underestimate of the total adherence rate, particularly in areas with a large African-American population. The 2000 data included 149 religious groups and the final results are published in Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Copyright 2002, All rights reserved. The 1990 data included 132 groups and the final results are published in Churches and Church Membership in the United States 1990 Copyright 1990, All rights reserved. Published by Glenmary Research Center, 1312 Fifth Ave., North, Nashville, TN 37208. [More information on the data collection]

**The Adjusted Totals include all adherents in the denominations counted by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and estimates adherent totals for the historically African-American denominations and other religious groups not listed in the ASARB totals. An article by Roger Finke and Christopher P. Scheitle (2005) reviews how these estimates were computed.

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2000 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of approximately 8 (8.1) in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County are Episcopalian.

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