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Lincoln County, South Dakota

Religious Traditions, 2010

5,901   9,459   1,706 189 27,573
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 13 5,714 236.8
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 4 1,765 73.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 804 33.3
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 798 33.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 579 24.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 553 22.9
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 102 4.2
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 93 3.9
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Bapti Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 71 2.9
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 62 2.6
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 43 1.8
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints --- --- ---
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Totals: 30 10,584  

The population of Lincoln County, South Dakota was 24,131 in 2000; in 1990 it was 15,427. The total population changed 56.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (10,584) included 43.9% 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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