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