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Hamlin County, South Dakota

Religious Traditions, 2010

252   1,358   616   3,677
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational adherents include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The 2010 reports contain incomplete counts of congregations and adherents belonging to the eight largest historically African-American denominations. These denominations are not included in the 2000 reports and are largely missing from the 1990 and 1980 reports.
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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 7 1,971 355.8
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 3 680 122.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 300 54.2
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 210 37.9
Hutterian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Communal 2 200 36.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 200 36.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 177 31.9
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 89 16.1
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 62 11.2
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 53 9.6
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Totals: 22 3,942  

The population of Hamlin County, South Dakota was 5,540 in 2000; in 1990 it was 4,974. The total population changed 11.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (3,942) included 71.2% of the total population in 2000.

* In an effort to better match the ASARB standards for adherents, a few religious bodies changed the way their adherents were reported in 2010, including the Catholic Church, Amish groups, Friends groups, Jewish groups, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Non-denominational Christian Churches, and the United Methodist Church. This change does not affect any of the data in the newly released 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. In fact, the data for these groups are now more comparable to that of other bodies than it was in previous decadal reports.

However, the change in methodology can distort assessments on growth or decline between 2000 and 2010 for each of these groups. County-level 2000 data using the new methodology are not readily available. ASARB staff has adjusted some 2000 county-level adherent statistics to allow for a more accurate picture on growth or decline. The revised maps and charts are now available on-line at for those who are interested in these trends.


2010 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 236 religious groups, providing information on the number of their congregations and adherents within each state and county in the United States. Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E. Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study, published by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). [More information on the data collection]

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2010 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of 7.6 in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that about 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County were Episcopalian.

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