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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
23 Allamakee County, Iowa
87
0.63
46 Alpena County, Michigan
35
0.11
22 Ashland County, Wisconsin
108
0.66
51 Barnstable County, Massachusetts
104
0.06
19 Becker County, Minnesota
205
0.74
55 Bexar County, Texas
72
0.01
48 Black Hawk County, Iowa
106
0.09
15 Blue Earth County, Minnesota
646
1.2
57 Boone County, Nebraska
--
--
57 Brookings County, South Dakota
--
--
57 Brown County, Wisconsin
--
--
36 Bryan County, Georgia
46
0.3
19 Butler County, Iowa
117
0.74
56 Butte County, California
4
0
37 Cape Girardeau County, Missouri
180
0.29
33 Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
163
0.35
38 Charlevoix County, Michigan
54
0.25
57 Chatham County, Georgia
--
--
4 Chickasaw County, Iowa
448
3.37
57 Chippewa County, Minnesota
--
--
33 Chippewa County, Wisconsin
183
0.35
24 Clay County, Minnesota
306
0.61
8 Clearwater County, Minnesota
162
1.95
55 Cobb County, Georgia
48
0.01
49 Cole County, Missouri
54
0.08
46 Collier County, Florida
169
0.11
57 Columbia County, Oregon
--
--
28 Columbia County, Wisconsin
219
0.49
56 Cook County, Illinois
144
0
57 Coos County, Oregon
--
--
57 Dakota County, Minnesota
--
--
56 Dallas County, Texas
74
0
22 Dane County, Wisconsin
2,437
0.66
42 Douglas County, Oregon
183
0.19
57 Dunn County, Wisconsin
--
--
53 DuPage County, Illinois
258
0.03
12 Eau Claire County, Wisconsin
1,330
1.56
55 El Paso County, Colorado
55
0.01
7 Freeborn County, Minnesota
694
2.1
48 Hendricks County, Indiana
69
0.09
48 Hennepin County, Minnesota
897
0.09
10 Henry County, Ohio
511
1.76
57 Highlands County, Florida
--
--
35 Hood River County, Oregon
56
0.33
28 Indian River County, Florida
438
0.49
38 Inyo County, California
45
0.25
57 Jackson County, Oregon
--
--
57 Jasper County, Missouri
--
--
48 Josephine County, Oregon
57
0.09
39 Kitsap County, Washington
451
0.24
44 Klamath County, Oregon
90
0.16
57 Lake County, Indiana
--
--
20 Leelanau County, Michigan
119
0.72
56 Los Angeles County, California
65
0
11 Lyon County, Minnesota
432
1.74
52 Macomb County, Michigan
296
0.04
45 Marathon County, Wisconsin
161
0.14
56 Maricopa County, Arizona
43
0
18 Marinette County, Wisconsin
313
0.77
25 Marshall County, Minnesota
63
0.57
53 Martin County, Florida
32
0.03
57 Mendocino County, California
--
--
55 Middlesex County, Massachusetts
111
0.01
29 Midland County, Michigan
300
0.4
5 Mille Lacs County, Minnesota
531
2.84
50 Minnehaha County, South Dakota
85
0.07
34 Mitchell County, Iowa
37
0.34
40 Mohave County, Arizona
199
0.21
57 Monroe County, New York
--
--
17 Montmorency County, Michigan
70
0.78
55 Multnomah County, Oregon
47
0.01
38 Muskegon County, Michigan
405
0.25
57 Nance County, Nebraska
--
--
16 Nicollet County, Minnesota
254
0.9
41 Oceana County, Michigan
46
0.2
56 Orange County, California
68
0
57 Osceola County, Florida
--
--
57 Ottawa County, Michigan
--
--
46 Pierce County, Washington
638
0.11
21 Pipestone County, Minnesota
74
0.71
53 Polk County, Florida
126
0.03
14 Polk County, Minnesota
462
1.42
52 Portage County, Wisconsin
24
0.04
57 Porter County, Indiana
--
--
57 Presque Isle County, Michigan
--
--
1 Red Lake County, Minnesota
246
5.44
6 Redwood County, Minnesota
425
2.46
3 Rock County, Minnesota
352
3.59
54 Rock County, Wisconsin
34
0.02
35 Roseau County, Minnesota
50
0.33
46 Saginaw County, Michigan
224
0.11
57 Salt Lake County, Utah
--
--
55 San Diego County, California
175
0.01
57 Sauk County, Wisconsin
--
--
27 Shawano County, Wisconsin
187
0.5
26 Sherburne County, Minnesota
229
0.55
16 Sibley County, Minnesota
130
0.9
50 Skagit County, Washington
56
0.07
55 Sonoma County, California
53
0.01
51 St. Lucie County, Florida
93
0.06
57 Stearns County, Minnesota
--
--
48 Story County, Iowa
70
0.09
48 Thurston County, Washington
143
0.09
13 Traill County, North Dakota
136
1.55
55 Ventura County, California
82
0.01
57 Ward County, North Dakota
--
--
57 Warren County, Iowa
--
--
31 Wasco County, Oregon
81
0.37
30 Washington County, Wisconsin
369
0.39
43 Waukesha County, Wisconsin
518
0.17
26 Waupaca County, Wisconsin
254
0.55
26 Wayne County, Missouri
64
0.55
57 Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
--
--
2 Winnebago County, Iowa
543
4.48
57 Winnebago County, Wisconsin
--
--
32 Winneshiek County, Iowa
75
0.36
31 Wood County, Ohio
421
0.37
9 Worth County, Iowa
149
1.86
47 Yuba County, California
58
0.1


* 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]