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Minnehaha County (South Dakota)

Religious Traditions, 2010

21,832 249 49,759 30,335 260 2,606 64,427
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic Orthodox 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 33 28,404 229.42
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 14 23,364 188.71
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 6,414 51.81
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 9 3,971 32.07
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 5 2,938 23.73
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 2,436 19.68
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 2,173 17.55
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,654 13.36
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 1,544 12.47
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 1,413 11.41
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,360 10.98
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 921 7.44
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 800 6.46
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 768 6.20
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 663 5.36
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 566 4.57
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 419 3.38
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 345 2.79
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 275 2.22
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 255 2.06
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 197 1.59
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 158 1.28
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 135 1.09
Jewish Other Judaism 2 135 1.09
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 96 0.78
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 90 0.73
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 85 0.69
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 85 0.69
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 82 0.66
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 68 0.55
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 61 0.49
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 57 0.46
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 54 0.44
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 34 0.27
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 31 0.25
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 28 0.23
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 24 0.19
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 22 0.18
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 9 0.07
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Totals: 141 82,134  

The population of Minnehaha County, South Dakota was 123,809 in 1990; in 1980 it was 109,435. The total population changed 13.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (82,134) included 66.3% 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 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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