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South Dakota

Denominational Groups, 2000

108,838 213,840 232 181,434 7,542 242,958
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
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 259 121,871 161.5
Catholic Church Catholic 252 181,434 240.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 164 37,280 49.4
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 116 31,524 41.8
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 91 15,987 21.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 85 11,191 14.8
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 85 12,763 16.9
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 57 9,762 12.9
Hutterian Brethren Evangelical Protestant 54 5,400 7.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 51 7,438 9.9
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 47 6,608 8.8
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 35 6,417 8.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 31 5,998 8.0
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 31 7,865 10.4
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant 26 7,516 10.0
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 24 1,328 1.8
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 24 2,098 2.8
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant 23 4,306 5.7
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 19 2,535 3.4
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 17 1,008 1.3
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 16 2,049 2.7
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 15 1,980 2.6
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 15 3,634 4.8
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 14 4,297 5.7
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 12 1,093 1.5
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant 11 895 1.2
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 11 699 0.9
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant 11 1,244 1.7
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 10 2,163 2.9
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 9 1,363 1.8
Bahá'í Other Theology 9 1,032 1.4
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 8 1,217 1.6
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 7 605 0.8
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 7 2,804 3.7
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 5 706 0.9
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 5 362 0.5
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Baptist Associations/Fellowships Evangelical Protestant 5 337 0.5
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 4 138 0.2
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 3 101 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 3 90 0.1
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 3 1,518 2.0
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 3 350 0.5
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant 3 94 0.1
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 3 112 0.2
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 3 74 0.1
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 2 191 0.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 2 708 0.9
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant 2 268 0.4
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 2 65 0.1
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 2 74 0.1
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 350 0.5
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 1 163 0.2
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 1 0 0.0
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 1 50 0.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 1 222 0.3
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 350 0.5
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 39 0.1
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant 1 33 0.0
Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 50 0.1
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox 1 10 0.0
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 27 0.0
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 1,712 511,886  
Total (Adjusted)**:   567,472  
The population of these 66 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 696,004; in 2000 it was 754,844. The total population changed 8.5%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (511,886) include 67.8% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (567,472) include 75.2% 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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