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Dakota County, Minnesota

Denominational Groups, 2000

30,174 58,658 512 94,646 2,880 169,034
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 2 197 0.6
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 1 512 1.4
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 1 110 0.3
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant 1 5 0.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 10 3,259 9.2
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 2 441 1.2
Bahá'í Other Theology 1 84 0.2
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 7 3,051 8.6
Buddhism Other Theology 3 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 20 94,646 265.9
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 3 362 1.0
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 1 39 0.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 518 1.5
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 1 137 0.4
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 1 30 0.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 5 1,657 4.7
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 1 16 0.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 2 160 0.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 166 0.5
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 133 0.4
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 74 0.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 5 1,702 4.8
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 2 1,089 3.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 5 1,352 3.8
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 25 47,512 133.5
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 450 1.3
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 4,500 12.6
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 1 160 0.5
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 1 1,100 3.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 12 8,230 23.1
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 1 60 0.2
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Baptist Associations/Fellowships Evangelical Protestant 4 1,529 4.3
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 4 606 1.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 4 851 2.4
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 1 68 0.2
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 1 1,131 3.2
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA (New Gracanica Metropolitanate) Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 1 25 0.1
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 3 444 1.3
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 1 39 0.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 2 417 1.2
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 15 6,749 19.0
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 2 336 0.9
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 165 0.5
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 6 2,758 7.8
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 168 186,870  
Total (Adjusted)**:   209,561  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 275,227; in 2000 it was 355,904. The total population changed 29.3%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (186,870) include 52.5% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (209,561) include 58.9% of the population.

Source

*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. www.glenmary.org [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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