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South Dakota

Religious Traditions, 2010

118,142 435 196,001 320 148,883 13,051 337,348
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 243 148,883 182.9
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 223 112,649 138.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 149 36,020 44.2
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 114 30,487 37.4
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 79 12,758 15.7
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 31 11,712 14.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 82 10,169 12.5
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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76 9,878 12.1
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 33 9,812 12.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 74 9,359 11.5
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 50 8,709 10.7
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 26 8,236 10.1
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 45 7,541 9.3
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 34 7,313 9.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 34 6,338 7.8
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 63 6,069 7.5
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 14 4,588 5.6
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 21 4,001 4.9
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 18 3,121 3.8
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 2,879 3.5
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 16 2,700 3.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 21 2,406 3.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 1,816 2.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 12 1,666 2.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 15 1,396 1.7
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 17 1,386 1.7
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 5 1,332 1.6
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 1,219 1.5
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 1,199 1.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 23 1,143 1.4
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 10 1,123 1.4
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 1,066 1.3
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 3 1,017 1.2
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 973 1.2
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 841 1.0
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 608 0.7
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 498 0.6
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 454 0.6
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 435 0.5
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 431 0.5
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 349 0.4
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 263 0.3
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 2 260 0.3
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 250 0.3
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 2 205 0.3
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 189 0.2
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 3 166 0.2
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 162 0.2
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 109 0.1
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 106 0.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 81 0.1
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 66 0.1
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 63 0.1
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 60 0.1
Protestant Reformed Churches in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 53 0.1
Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 48 0.1
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 41 0.1
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 2 32 0.0
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 31 0.0
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 1 24 0.0
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 1 14 0.0
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 12 0.0
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 10 0.0
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 7 0.0
Conservative Yearly Meetings of Friends* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 ---
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 0 ---
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 --- ---
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 --- ---
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 25 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 --- ---
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 11 --- ---
Evangelical Association of Reformed, and Congregational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Grace Gospel Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Hutterian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Communal 60 --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 18 --- ---
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 14 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 --- ---
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 1,819 476,832  

The population of South Dakota was 814,180 in 2010; in 2000 it was 754,844. The total population changed 7.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (476,832) included 58.6% of the total population in 2010.

* 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 www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

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.