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Otter Tail County, Minnesota

Denominational Groups, 2000

10,829 20,845   8,108 167 17,210
Evangelical Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational "adherents" include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The historically African American denominations are not included in the 2000 congregation and membership totals. Many are also missing in 1990 and most historically African American denominations are missing in the 1980 reports.
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Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 1 22 0.4
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 4 399 7.0
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, The Evangelical Protestant 4 936 16.4
Bahá'í Other Theology 0 3 0.1
Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant 4 668 11.7
Catholic Church Catholic 14 8,108 141.9
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 2 255 4.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 1 121 2.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 1 295 5.2
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 35 0.6
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 1 23 0.4
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 2 233 4.1
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 1 150 2.6
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 2 275 4.8
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 39 17,692 309.5
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 70 1.2
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 21 7,195 125.9
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 3 767 13.4
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 1 275 4.8
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 3 170 3.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 1 43 0.8
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 5 605 10.6
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 10 1,609 28.2
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 123 39,949  
Total (Adjusted)**:   44,000  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 50,714; in 2000 it was 57,159. The total population changed 12.7%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (39,949) include 69.9% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (44,000) include 77.0% of the population.


*The “Unadjusted Totals” come from the 1990 and 2000 data collected by representatives of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). While quite comprehensive, this data excludes most of the historically African-American denominations and some other major groups. As a result, these numbers will be an underestimate of the total adherence rate, particularly in areas with a large African-American population. The 2000 data included 149 religious groups and the final results are published in Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Copyright © 2002, All rights reserved. The 1990 data included 132 groups and the final results are published in Churches and Church Membership in the United States 1990 Copyright © 1990, All rights reserved. Published by Glenmary Research Center, 1312 Fifth Ave., North, Nashville, TN 37208. [More information on the data collection]

**The “Adjusted Totals” include all adherents in the denominations counted by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and estimates adherent totals for the historically African-American denominations and other religious groups not listed in the ASARB totals. An article by Roger Finke and Christopher P. Scheitle (2005) reviews how these estimates were computed.

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2000 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of approximately 8 (8.1) in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County are Episcopalian.

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