U.S. Membership Data
The following tables and charts provide U.S. membership data for Evangelical Lutheran Church in America available on the ARDA.
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Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Members*

Year Members
2009 4,542,868
2008 4,633,887
2007 4,709,956
2006 4,774,203
2005 4,850,776
2004 4,930,429
2003 4,984,925
2002 5,038,006
2001 5,099,877
2000 5,125,919

* Presented are the last 10 years of membership data we have available (2000 - 2010). From 2000 to 2010 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America declined by 851064 members, a decrease of approximately 19.9%.

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Top Five Counties by Membership (2010)

  Members Members
(per 1,000)
Hennepin County, MN
124,732
108.23
Cook County, IL
49,925
9.61
Dane County, WI
48,620
99.62
Dakota County, MN
45,852
115.05
Berks County, PA
42,411
103.08

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More Membership Resources

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View a sortable, ranked list of all states

Membership by State (2010)*

* This map displays the number of people per 1,000 that are members of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Hover the mouse over states to see values.

Darker colors = higher rates. For example, in North Dakota, 242.66 out of every 1,000 people are Evangelical Lutheran Church in America members. Click here to view a ranked list of all states (opens in new tab).


Top Five States by Membership (2010)

  Members Members
(per 1,000)
Minnesota
737,537
139.05
Pennsylvania
501,974
39.52
Wisconsin
414,326
72.86
Iowa
229,557
75.35
Ohio
223,253
19.35

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Top Five Metro Areas by Membership (2010)

  Members Members
(per 1,000)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
356,614
106.49
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
140,280
14.83
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD, Metropolitan Statistical Area
104,196
17.47
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
102,854
5.26
Pittsburgh, PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
71,476
30.33

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Data Sources

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Members:
Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR).

Membership by State Map and all other tables:
2000 and 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 ASARB.

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