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The Evangelical Lutheran Synod was formed at Lake Mills, Iowa, in 1918 by a group of forty pastors and laymen who declined to enter the merger of other Norwegian Lutherans, deciding instead to establish an independent synod. The name Norwegian Synod of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church was adopted. The present name was assumed in 1957.

Using data from the 1980-2010 Religious Congregations and Membership Studies, this list ranks U.S. counties on the highest total number of adherents and the highest percent of the population in the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. You can sort the list by clicking on the column headings.

Congregational "Adherents" include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. "Percent" is the percentage of the total population that belongs to that denomination. Note: Adherents are sometimes residents of a county different than the location of their congregation.

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Complete List

Ranking County   [Download CSV]AdherentsPercent
25 Allamakee County, Iowa
108
0.71
47 Alpena County, Michigan
18
0.06
26 Ashland County, Wisconsin
106
0.63
47 Barnstable County, Massachusetts
82
0.06
19 Becker County, Minnesota
276
0.94
51 Bexar County, Texas
64
0.01
43 Black Hawk County, Iowa
163
0.12
17 Blue Earth County, Minnesota
544
1.04
4 Boone County, Nebraska
269
3.64
46 Brookings County, South Dakota
17
0.07
53 Brown County, Wisconsin
--
--
53 Bryan County, Georgia
--
--
20 Butler County, Iowa
165
0.93
53 Butte County, California
--
--
53 Cape Girardeau County, Missouri
--
--
32 Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
200
0.41
37 Charlevoix County, Michigan
62
0.31
50 Chatham County, Georgia
32
0.02
5 Chickasaw County, Iowa
542
3.51
53 Chippewa County, Minnesota
--
--
37 Chippewa County, Wisconsin
161
0.31
25 Clay County, Minnesota
350
0.71
14 Clearwater County, Minnesota
122
1.39
53 Cobb County, Georgia
--
--
53 Cole County, Missouri
--
--
42 Collier County, Florida
112
0.13
53 Columbia County, Oregon
--
--
27 Columbia County, Wisconsin
240
0.56
52 Cook County, Illinois
151
0
53 Coos County, Oregon
--
--
44 Dakota County, Minnesota
172
0.09
51 Dallas County, Texas
93
0.01
22 Dane County, Wisconsin
2,666
0.82
38 Douglas County, Oregon
234
0.25
53 Dunn County, Wisconsin
--
--
47 DuPage County, Illinois
383
0.06
13 Eau Claire County, Wisconsin
1,186
1.5
50 El Paso County, Colorado
72
0.02
8 Freeborn County, Minnesota
1,085
2.99
53 Hendricks County, Indiana
--
--
46 Hennepin County, Minnesota
697
0.07
53 Henry County, Ohio
--
--
53 Highlands County, Florida
--
--
53 Hood River County, Oregon
--
--
29 Indian River County, Florida
300
0.5
36 Inyo County, California
57
0.32
53 Jackson County, Oregon
--
--
53 Jasper County, Missouri
--
--
53 Josephine County, Oregon
--
--
39 Kitsap County, Washington
302
0.21
53 Klamath County, Oregon
--
--
53 Lake County, Indiana
--
--
23 Leelanau County, Michigan
107
0.76
52 Los Angeles County, California
64
0
10 Lyon County, Minnesota
444
1.76
53 Macomb County, Michigan
--
--
43 Marathon County, Wisconsin
137
0.12
53 Maricopa County, Arizona
--
--
18 Marinette County, Wisconsin
394
1
31 Marshall County, Minnesota
55
0.42
53 Martin County, Florida
--
--
53 Mendocino County, California
--
--
51 Middlesex County, Massachusetts
102
0.01
36 Midland County, Michigan
235
0.32
3 Mille Lacs County, Minnesota
799
4.34
41 Minnehaha County, South Dakota
150
0.14
35 Mitchell County, Iowa
42
0.34
46 Mohave County, Arizona
37
0.07
50 Monroe County, New York
126
0.02
15 Montmorency County, Michigan
89
1.19
53 Multnomah County, Oregon
--
--
40 Muskegon County, Michigan
233
0.15
7 Nance County, Nebraska
142
3
16 Nicollet County, Minnesota
297
1.1
53 Oceana County, Michigan
--
--
53 Orange County, California
--
--
53 Osceola County, Florida
--
--
53 Ottawa County, Michigan
--
--
42 Pierce County, Washington
619
0.13
24 Pipestone County, Minnesota
88
0.75
53 Polk County, Florida
--
--
11 Polk County, Minnesota
581
1.67
45 Portage County, Wisconsin
48
0.08
53 Porter County, Indiana
--
--
53 Presque Isle County, Michigan
--
--
1 Red Lake County, Minnesota
421
7.7
9 Redwood County, Minnesota
468
2.42
6 Rock County, Minnesota
334
3.12
53 Rock County, Wisconsin
--
--
53 Roseau County, Minnesota
--
--
53 Saginaw County, Michigan
--
--
53 Salt Lake County, Utah
--
--
53 San Diego County, California
--
--
37 Sauk County, Wisconsin
136
0.31
30 Shawano County, Wisconsin
172
0.48
53 Sherburne County, Minnesota
--
--
21 Sibley County, Minnesota
142
0.92
48 Skagit County, Washington
27
0.04
53 Sonoma County, California
--
--
53 St. Lucie County, Florida
--
--
53 Stearns County, Minnesota
--
--
44 Story County, Iowa
65
0.09
44 Thurston County, Washington
116
0.09
12 Traill County, North Dakota
160
1.66
49 Ventura County, California
164
0.03
44 Ward County, North Dakota
54
0.09
53 Warren County, Iowa
--
--
53 Wasco County, Oregon
--
--
34 Washington County, Wisconsin
314
0.37
40 Waukesha County, Wisconsin
433
0.15
28 Waupaca County, Wisconsin
223
0.52
33 Wayne County, Missouri
44
0.39
53 Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
--
--
2 Winnebago County, Iowa
671
5.16
53 Winnebago County, Wisconsin
--
--
34 Winneshiek County, Iowa
82
0.37
53 Wood County, Ohio
--
--
53 Worth County, Iowa
198
--
53 Yuba County, California
--
--


* 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 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 www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

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]