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Brown County, South Dakota

Denominational Groups, 2000

6,937 12,569   10,479 347 5,128
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
Catholic Church Catholic 5 10,479 295.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 12 7,990 225.3
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 8 3,084 87.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 8 2,338 65.9
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 1 1,414 39.9
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 1 823 23.2
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 3 691 19.5
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 2 521 14.7
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 1 427 12.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 1 400 11.3
Hutterian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 4 400 11.3
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 274 7.7
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 1 269 7.6
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 1 206 5.8
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 3 193 5.4
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant 1 158 4.5
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 116 3.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 1 96 2.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 1 88 2.5
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 1 75 2.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 1 73 2.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 55 1.6
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 55 1.6
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 2 45 1.3
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 1 30 0.9
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 1 29 0.8
Bahá'í Other Theology 0 3 0.1
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 64 30,332  
Total (Adjusted)**:   33,434  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 35,580; in 2000 it was 35,460. The total population changed -0.3%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (30,332) include 85.5% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (33,434) include 94.3% 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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