Notice how Lake County, South Dakota, is pink instead of red? That's me bringing down our percentage—you're welcome!
Other interesting patterns revealed by a quick perusal of the maps:
- This may sound like an oxymoron, but there is diversity among Lutherans, at least in South Dakota. The ELCA is the majority congregation in a majority of counties, but we have a fair number of counties where Missouri and Wisconsin Synod Lutherans are the leading groups. Compare that to North Dakota and Minnesota, which are almost solid ELCA green (green... ELCA... yeah, those liberal Lutherans are into that creation care stuff ;-) ).
- South Dakota has one of the highest concentrations of Mennonites, along with Montana and Kansas.
- Jews, Muslims, and Unitarians are almost non-existent in South Dakota. Jews manage to mount statistical blips in our three biggest urban areas. Muslims make the map at SDSU, while Unitarians cluster around USD.