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Meade County, South Dakota

Denominational Groups, 2000

2,109 2,552   4,605 351 14,636
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 2 78 3.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 1 44 1.8
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 1 100 4.1
Bahá'í Other Theology 0 14 0.6
Catholic Church Catholic 7 4,605 189.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 169 7.0
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 1 70 2.9
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 1 30 1.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 3 337 13.9
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 183 7.6
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant 1 33 1.4
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 1 107 4.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 2 1,161 47.9
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 350 14.4
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 1 328 13.5
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 2 387 16.0
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 1 76 3.1
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 3 382 15.8
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 3 786 32.4
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 3 160 6.6
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 2 217 9.0
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 40 9,617  
Total (Adjusted)**:   10,704  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 21,878; in 2000 it was 24,253. The total population changed 10.9%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (9,617) include 39.7% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (10,704) include 44.1% 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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