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Clay County, South Dakota

Denominational Groups, 2000

613 3,840   1,820 128 7,136
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
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 1 202 15.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 1 60 4.6
Catholic Church Catholic 3 3,418 259.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 1 95 7.2
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 1 59 4.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 1 117 8.9
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 25 1.9
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 1 70 5.3
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 6 2,706 205.2
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 1 298 22.6
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 1 68 5.2
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 1 15 1.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 2 319 24.2
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 5 637 48.3
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 27 8,089  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 13,186. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (8,089) include 61.3% of the total population in 1990.


The 1990 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 132 religious groups, including number of churches and adherents. Martin B. Bradley, Norman M. Green, Jr., Dale E. Jones, Mac Lynn, and Lou McNeil supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in Churches and Church Membership in the United States, 1990, published by the Glenmary Research Center.

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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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