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Dakota County (Minnesota)

Religious Traditions, 2010

57,007 313 55,850 112,264 1,173 6,321 165,624
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
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 278 1.43
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 0 0 0.00
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 8 0.04
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 1,278 6.58
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 20 55,377 285.04
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 81 0.42
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 107 0.55
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 41 0.21
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 146 0.75
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 134 0.69
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 150 0.77
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 789 4.06
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 1,087 5.60
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 324 1.67
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 132 0.68
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 22 28,016 144.20
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 172 0.89
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Jewish Other Judaism 0 0 0.00
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 9 6,329 32.58
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 677 3.48
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 2,225 11.45
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 0 0 0.00
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 387 1.99
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 0 0 0.00
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,093 5.63
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 5,085 26.17
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 7 4,600 23.68
Totals: 107 108,516  

The population of Dakota County, Minnesota was 194,279 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (108,516) included 55.9% 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 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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