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South Dakota

Religious Traditions, 2010

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


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 276 116,815 169.11
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 268 138,387 200.34
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 180 46,234 66.93
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 129 13,195 19.10
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 113 33,773 48.89
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 106 20,872 30.22
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 97 18,441 26.70
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 58 10,544 15.26
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 44 9,355 13.54
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 43 5,586 8.09
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 32 2,790 4.04
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 31 4,394 6.36
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 28 6,862 9.93
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 25 2,474 3.58
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 23 4,033 5.84
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 22 965 1.40
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 19 3,153 4.56
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 18 1,645 2.38
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 17 1,534 2.22
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 15 3,884 5.62
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 592 0.86
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 1,895 2.74
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 13 977 1.41
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 12 1,029 1.49
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 12 956 1.38
Mennonite Church, The General Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 11 3,012 4.36
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 487 0.71
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 10 1,254 1.82
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 587 0.85
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 373 0.54
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 451 0.65
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 346 0.50
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 1,956 2.83
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 1,110 1.61
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 203 0.29
Jewish Other Judaism 3 215 0.31
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 3 89 0.13
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 85 0.12
Berean Fundamental Church Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 76 0.11
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 737 1.07
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 49 0.07
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 167 0.24
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 36 0.05
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 36 0.05
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 165 0.24
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 56 0.08
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 73 0.11
Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 170 0.25
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 50 0.07
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 84 0.12
Protestant Reformed Churches in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 25 0.04
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 0 0 0.00
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Church of the United Brethren in Christ Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 0 0 0.00
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Hutterian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Communal 0 0 0.00
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 0 0 0.00
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 0 0 0.00
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Totals: 1,710 462,277  

The population of South Dakota was 690,768 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (462,277) included 66.9% of the total population in 1980.

* 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.


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