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SURVEY: Episcopal Church Membership Drops in South Dakota, U.S.

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(NPN) – Membership in the Episcopal Church in South Dakota dropped by 4.3 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to a new report by the Episcopal Church.

Membership dropped in half of the dioceses in the Episcopal Church’s Province 6, which includes the dioceses of Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Colorado, Iowa, Montana and North Dakota saw modest gains in membership from 2011 to 2012, with the remaining dioceses–Nebraska, North Dakota, Wyoming and South Dakota– incurring decreases ranging from less than one to over 4 percent.
South Dakota’s membership decreased by 426 members, from 9,876 to 9,450, the largest numerical and percentage decreases in the province’s dioceses, according to the survey.
World Population Statistics places South Dakota religious identification at approximately 59 percent of the state’s total population. Sperling’s Best Places lists the Episcopal Church as the ninth largest denomination in the state with 1.15 percent of the population.

Other statistics and facts according to the Episcopal Church’s survey:

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In 2012, membership in the Episcopal Church is 2,066,710 with
1,894,181 in the domestic (50 U.S. states) dioceses and 172,529 in the non-domestic (non U.S. states) dioceses.
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Thirty-three domestic dioceses showed growth in membership in the past year: Alaska; Arkansas; Atlanta; California; Central Florida; Chicago; Colorado; East Tennessee; El Camino Real; Florida; Fond du Lac; Hawaii; Idaho; Iowa; Kansas; Maryland; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Navajoland; North Carolina; North Dakota; Northern California; Oklahoma; Pittsburgh; San Joaquin; Tennessee; Texas; Upper South Carolina; Washington; West Tennessee; Western Massachusetts; Western New York.
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In the non-domestic dioceses, growth in membership was marked in three dioceses: Ecuador-Litoral, Puerto Rico, Venezuela.
Additional information is located on the Episcopal Church Research page here.

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