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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
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 6 2,039 13.75
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 1,603 10.81
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 550 3.71
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 70 0.47
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 14 33,277 224.42
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 546 3.68
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 181 1.22
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 1,887 12.73
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 128 0.86
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 75 0.51
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 30 0.20
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 923 6.22
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 66 0.45
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 333 2.25
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 39 0.26
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 1,388 9.36
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 1,037 6.99
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 560 3.78
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 295 1.99
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 34 31,467 212.21
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 24 0.16
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 222 1.50
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 10 0.07
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 350 2.36
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 27 0.18
Jewish Other Judaism 1 195 1.32
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 9 3,872 26.11
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 106 0.71
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 46 0.31
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 13 0.09
Netherlands Reformed Congregations Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 51 0.34
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Bapti Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 69 0.47
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 1,110 7.49
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 2,355 15.88
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 2,713 18.30
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 166 1.12
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 404 2.72
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 282 1.90
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 575 3.88
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 127 0.86
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 61 0.41
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,634 11.02
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 12 6,048 40.79
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 163 1.10
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 1,084 7.31
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 794 5.35
Totals: 161 98,995  

The population of Minnehaha County, South Dakota was 148,281 in 2000; in 1990 it was 123,809. The total population changed 19.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (98,995) included 66.8% of the total population in 2000.

* 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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