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The Association of Free Lutheran Congregations was founded in 1962 by Rev. John P. Strand and others who rejected the merger of the Lutheran Free Church into the American Lutheran Church.

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 Association of Free Lutheran Congregations. 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
47 Aitkin County, Minnesota
30
0.22
15 Alger County, Michigan
150
1.63
60 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
--
--
60 Anoka County, Minnesota
--
--
60 Arapahoe County, Colorado
--
--
60 Atascosa County, Texas
--
--
60 Baldwin County, Alabama
--
--
44 Baraga County, Michigan
28
0.33
5 Barnes County, North Dakota
485
3.47
37 Barron County, Wisconsin
175
0.45
60 Bastrop County, Texas
--
--
60 Baxter County, Arkansas
--
--
11 Bayfield County, Wisconsin
323
2.34
60 Beaver County, Pennsylvania
--
--
60 Beaverhead County, Montana
--
--
60 Becker County, Minnesota
--
--
42 Beltrami County, Minnesota
110
0.36
4 Benson County, North Dakota
280
3.52
60 Berks County, Pennsylvania
--
--
60 Big Stone County, Minnesota
--
--
60 Blue Earth County, Minnesota
--
--
60 Boone County, Indiana
--
--
60 Bosque County, Texas
--
--
60 Brevard County, Florida
--
--
59 Bristol County, Massachusetts
19
0
60 Brookings County, South Dakota
--
--
54 Brown County, South Dakota
30
0.08
9 Brule County, South Dakota
130
2.48
60 Bryan County, Oklahoma
--
--
60 Buchanan County, Iowa
--
--
60 Burleigh County, North Dakota
--
--
60 Butler County, Pennsylvania
--
--
60 Cameron County, Texas
--
--
14 Carlton County, Minnesota
500
1.67
52 Cass County, North Dakota
105
0.12
32 Cavalier County, North Dakota
55
0.72
60 Cedar County, Nebraska
--
--
60 Champaign County, Illinois
--
--
60 Cheyenne County, Kansas
--
--
20 Chisago County, Minnesota
340
1.32
58 Clark County, Washington
20
0.01
35 Clatsop County, Oregon
160
0.49
60 Clay County, Minnesota
--
--
3 Clearwater County, Minnesota
415
4.74
60 Clinton County, Iowa
--
--
26 Codington County, South Dakota
211
1.01
60 Cook County, Illinois
--
--
60 Cottonwood County, Minnesota
--
--
60 Crow Wing County, Minnesota
--
--
60 Curry County, Oregon
--
--
59 Cuyahoga County, Ohio
40
0
60 Dakota County, Minnesota
--
--
60 Dallas County, Alabama
--
--
60 Dane County, Wisconsin
--
--
60 Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
--
--
60 Davison County, South Dakota
--
--
17 Day County, South Dakota
120
1.48
48 DeKalb County, Illinois
152
0.2
60 Delta County, Michigan
--
--
25 Dewey County, South Dakota
55
1.02
60 Dickinson County, Michigan
--
--
60 Dodge County, Minnesota
--
--
60 Douglas County, Colorado
--
--
40 Douglas County, Minnesota
110
0.4
60 Douglas County, Nebraska
--
--
60 Douglas County, South Dakota
--
--
60 Douglas County, Wisconsin
--
--
60 Dunn County, North Dakota
--
--
38 Dunn County, Wisconsin
150
0.44
60 DuPage County, Illinois
--
--
60 Faribault County, Minnesota
--
--
60 Finney County, Kansas
--
--
36 Flathead County, Montana
250
0.48
60 Ford County, Illinois
--
--
60 Franklin County, Ohio
--
--
60 Gibson County, Tennessee
--
--
39 Gogebic County, Michigan
83
0.42
19 Goodhue County, Minnesota
550
1.42
50 Grand Forks County, North Dakota
120
0.18
60 Grant County, North Dakota
--
--
41 Grant County, Wisconsin
204
0.39
60 Green County, Wisconsin
--
--
60 Greene County, Missouri
--
--
8 Griggs County, North Dakota
101
2.72
60 Grundy County, Illinois
--
--
60 Hamilton County, Iowa
--
--
28 Hardin County, Iowa
203
0.93
2 Harding County, South Dakota
125
7.35
60 Harris County, Texas
--
--
55 Hennepin County, Minnesota
545
0.06
60 Hettinger County, North Dakota
--
--
60 Hidalgo County, Texas
--
--
60 Houghton County, Michigan
--
--
33 Howard County, Nebraska
43
0.63
60 Hutchinson County, South Dakota
--
--
60 Iowa County, Wisconsin
--
--
60 Iroquois County, Illinois
--
--
60 Isanti County, Minnesota
--
--
60 Jefferson County, Nebraska
--
--
60 Kanabec County, Minnesota
--
--
23 Kandiyohi County, Minnesota
435
1.18
60 Kay County, Oklahoma
--
--
60 Kendall County, Illinois
--
--
60 Kern County, California
--
--
57 King County, Washington
225
0.02
60 Kingsbury County, South Dakota
--
--
60 Koochiching County, Minnesota
--
--
60 La Crosse County, Wisconsin
--
--
60 Lafayette County, Wisconsin
--
--
60 Lake County, South Dakota
--
--
55 Lane County, Oregon
170
0.06
60 Larimer County, Colorado
--
--
60 LaSalle County, Illinois
--
--
60 Licking County, Ohio
--
--
60 Lincoln County, Minnesota
--
--
60 Lincoln County, South Dakota
--
--
60 Logan County, Illinois
--
--
60 Los Angeles County, California
--
--
60 Mahoning County, Ohio
--
--
60 Maricopa County, Arizona
--
--
60 Marion County, Indiana
--
--
44 Marquette County, Michigan
244
0.33
7 Marshall County, Minnesota
380
2.92
31 Marshall County, South Dakota
40
0.74
60 Massac County, Illinois
--
--
40 Meade County, South Dakota
83
0.4
60 Mercer County, North Dakota
--
--
60 Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
--
--
60 Minnehaha County, South Dakota
--
--
60 Monterey County, California
--
--
60 Morgan County, Missouri
--
--
60 Morrison County, Minnesota
--
--
24 Mountrail County, North Dakota
80
1.04
60 Mower County, Minnesota
--
--
60 Nassau County, New York
--
--
6 Nelson County, North Dakota
170
3.25
60 Norman County, Minnesota
--
--
60 Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
--
--
35 Ontonagon County, Michigan
48
0.49
60 Orange County, California
--
--
22 Otter Tail County, Minnesota
616
1.19
43 Pembina County, North Dakota
35
0.34
60 Pend Oreille County, Washington
--
--
9 Pennington County, Minnesota
379
2.48
60 Peoria County, Illinois
--
--
60 Pepin County, Wisconsin
--
--
60 Perry County, Pennsylvania
--
--
60 Phelps County, Nebraska
--
--
45 Pierce County, North Dakota
20
0.32
60 Pierce County, Washington
--
--
60 Pima County, Arizona
--
--
40 Pine County, Minnesota
80
0.4
60 Pipestone County, Minnesota
--
--
21 Polk County, Minnesota
420
1.21
49 Polk County, Wisconsin
62
0.19
22 Pope County, Minnesota
139
1.19
60 Presque Isle County, Michigan
--
--
60 Prince George's County, Maryland
--
--
60 Putnam County, Florida
--
--
60 Ramsey County, Minnesota
--
--
18 Ramsey County, North Dakota
190
1.46
29 Ransom County, North Dakota
54
0.81
34 Richland County, North Dakota
112
0.58
60 Riverside County, California
--
--
12 Roberts County, South Dakota
235
2.15
60 Rock County, Wisconsin
--
--
30 Roosevelt County, Montana
80
0.76
48 Roscommon County, Michigan
32
0.2
1 Roseau County, Minnesota
1,435
11.41
60 San Diego County, California
--
--
60 San Joaquin County, California
--
--
46 Santa Cruz County, Arizona
56
0.27
60 Sarasota County, Florida
--
--
60 Scott County, Minnesota
--
--
60 Skagit County, Washington
--
--
53 Snohomish County, Washington
355
0.11
60 Somervell County, Texas
--
--
58 Spokane County, Washington
28
0.01
60 St. Croix County, Wisconsin
--
--
55 St. Louis County, Minnesota
140
0.06
60 St. Louis County, Missouri
--
--
43 Stark County, North Dakota
80
0.34
52 Stearns County, Minnesota
134
0.12
60 Steele County, Minnesota
--
--
60 Stutsman County, North Dakota
--
--
60 Swisher County, Texas
--
--
60 Thayer County, Nebraska
--
--
60 Towner County, North Dakota
--
--
10 Traill County, North Dakota
230
2.39
60 Turner County, South Dakota
--
--
60 Union County, South Dakota
--
--
60 Ventura County, California
--
--
16 Wadena County, Minnesota
226
1.59
27 Walsh County, North Dakota
154
1
51 Ward County, North Dakota
85
0.15
60 Warren County, New York
--
--
60 Waseca County, Minnesota
--
--
60 Washington County, Maryland
--
--
56 Washington County, Minnesota
60
0.05
60 Watonwan County, Minnesota
--
--
60 Waukesha County, Wisconsin
--
--
60 Wells County, North Dakota
--
--
60 Wharton County, Texas
--
--
48 Whatcom County, Washington
215
0.2
60 Wichita County, Texas
--
--
37 Wilkin County, Minnesota
38
0.45
13 Williams County, North Dakota
450
2.02
60 Winnebago County, Iowa
--
--
60 Wright County, Iowa
--
--
60 Wright County, Minnesota
--
--
60 Yankton County, South Dakota
--
--
47 Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota
30
0.22


* 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]