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South Dakota - State Membership Report (1990)

Exact definitions of "congregations" and "adherents" vary by religious body. Congregations may be parishes, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, or another site where a religious body has regularly scheduled worship services. Adherents generally are members, children who are not members, and others who are not members but are considered participants in the congregation.

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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 271 143,776 206.57
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 273 114,690 164.78
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 175 43,212 62.09
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 114 32,968 47.37
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 98 18,607 26.73
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 91 15,473 22.23
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 98 11,940 17.16
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 59 10,358 14.88
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 34 8,497 12.21
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 26 7,466 10.73
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 45 7,300 10.49
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 52 6,754 9.70
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 31 5,543 7.96
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 33 5,155 7.41
Hutterian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Communal Family 50 5,000 7.18
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 23 4,351 6.25
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 17 3,911 5.62
Converge Worldwide Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 19 3,684 5.29
Mennonite Church, USA Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 16 2,966 4.26
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 24 2,343 3.37
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 18 1,835 2.64
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 17 1,626 2.34
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 15 1,617 2.32
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 12 1,466 2.11
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 11 1,303 1.87
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 10 1,250 1.80
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 24 1,175 1.69
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 14 1,144 1.64
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 4 1,074 1.54
Black Baptists Estimate Black Protestant Baptist Family 0 850 1.22
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 12 821 1.18
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 6 732 1.05
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 6 640 0.92
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 11 608 0.87
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 2 544 0.78
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 2 470 0.68
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4 466 0.67
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4 307 0.44
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2 256 0.37
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 3 231 0.33
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 3 210 0.30
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 3 167 0.24
Free Methodist Church – USA Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 5 166 0.24
Berean Fellowship of Churches Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 2 151 0.22
Jewish Congregations Judaism Judaism Family 4 135 0.19
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 123 0.18
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 3 123 0.18
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 4 98 0.14
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1 85 0.12
Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 80 0.11
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2 61 0.09
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 2 46 0.07
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference of the United States and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 39 0.06
General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 2 37 0.05
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 32 0.05
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 1 24 0.03
Church of the United Brethren in Christ, USA Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 1 24 0.03
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christians Christian Science Family 5
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 1
Open Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 11
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this state was 696,004 in 1990. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (474,010) included 68.1% of the total population in 1990. The adherence rate is the number of adherents of a given group per 1,000 people in the general population.

Note that data collection methods for religious bodies change over time, affecting the comparability of statistics. For further information, see the U.S. Religion Census website at https://www.usreligioncensus.org/.

The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 372 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 155.

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