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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
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 273 114,690 164.8
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 271 143,776 206.6
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 175 43,212 62.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 114 32,968 47.4
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 98 11,940 17.2
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 98 18,607 26.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 91 15,473 22.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 59 10,358 14.9
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 52 6,754 9.7
Hutterian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Communal 50 5,000 7.2
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 45 7,300 10.5
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 34 8,497 12.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 33 5,155 7.4
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 31 5,543 8.0
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 26 7,466 10.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 24 1,175 1.7
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 24 2,343 3.4
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 23 4,351 6.3
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 19 3,684 5.3
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 18 1,835 2.6
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 17 3,911 5.6
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 17 1,626 2.3
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 16 2,966 4.3
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 15 1,617 2.3
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 14 1,144 1.6
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 12 821 1.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 12 1,466 2.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 608 0.9
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 --- ---
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 11 1,303 1.9
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 1,250 1.8
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 640 0.9
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 732 1.1
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 5 --- ---
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 166 0.2
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 466 0.7
Jewish Other Judaism 4 135 0.2
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 307 0.4
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 1,074 1.5
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 4 98 0.1
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 210 0.3
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 167 0.2
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 231 0.3
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 123 0.2
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 470 0.7
Berean Fundamental Church Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 151 0.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 544 0.8
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 37 0.1
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 61 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 46 0.1
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 256 0.4
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 123 0.2
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 24 0.0
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 85 0.1
Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 80 0.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 24 0.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 32 0.0
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 39 0.1
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 850 1.2
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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Totals: 1,781 474,010  

The population of South Dakota was 696,004 in 1990; in 1980 it was 690,768. The total population changed 0.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (474,010) included 68.1% of the total population in 1990.

* 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.