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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
62 Aitkin County, Minnesota
25
0.2
21 Alger County, Michigan
170
1.89
79 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
--
--
76 Anoka County, Minnesota
51
0.02
79 Arapahoe County, Colorado
--
--
79 Atascosa County, Texas
--
--
79 Baldwin County, Alabama
--
--
34 Baraga County, Michigan
72
0.91
15 Barnes County, North Dakota
345
2.75
45 Barron County, Wisconsin
258
0.63
79 Bastrop County, Texas
--
--
64 Baxter County, Arkansas
55
0.18
38 Bayfield County, Wisconsin
100
0.71
79 Beaver County, Pennsylvania
--
--
79 Beaverhead County, Montana
--
--
66 Becker County, Minnesota
43
0.15
63 Beltrami County, Minnesota
67
0.19
7 Benson County, North Dakota
294
4.08
79 Berks County, Pennsylvania
--
--
26 Big Stone County, Minnesota
90
1.43
66 Blue Earth County, Minnesota
80
0.15
79 Boone County, Indiana
--
--
79 Bosque County, Texas
--
--
79 Brevard County, Florida
--
--
78 Bristol County, Massachusetts
24
0
23 Brookings County, South Dakota
429
1.7
69 Brown County, South Dakota
32
0.09
6 Brule County, South Dakota
241
4.39
79 Bryan County, Oklahoma
--
--
79 Buchanan County, Iowa
--
--
70 Burleigh County, North Dakota
51
0.08
79 Butler County, Pennsylvania
--
--
79 Cameron County, Texas
--
--
11 Carlton County, Minnesota
1,000
3.42
61 Cass County, North Dakota
237
0.23
79 Cavalier County, North Dakota
--
--
79 Cedar County, Nebraska
--
--
79 Champaign County, Illinois
--
--
79 Cheyenne County, Kansas
--
--
58 Chisago County, Minnesota
93
0.3
79 Clark County, Washington
--
--
49 Clatsop County, Oregon
161
0.48
60 Clay County, Minnesota
132
0.26
2 Clearwater County, Minnesota
502
6.04
61 Clinton County, Iowa
116
0.23
46 Codington County, South Dakota
139
0.61
79 Cook County, Illinois
--
--
79 Cottonwood County, Minnesota
--
--
79 Crow Wing County, Minnesota
--
--
79 Curry County, Oregon
--
--
79 Cuyahoga County, Ohio
--
--
79 Dakota County, Minnesota
--
--
74 Dallas County, Alabama
17
0.04
75 Dane County, Wisconsin
112
0.03
79 Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
--
--
79 Davison County, South Dakota
--
--
31 Day County, South Dakota
81
1.16
65 DeKalb County, Illinois
124
0.16
68 Delta County, Michigan
38
0.1
31 Dewey County, South Dakota
64
1.16
79 Dickinson County, Michigan
--
--
59 Dodge County, Minnesota
45
0.29
79 Douglas County, Colorado
--
--
39 Douglas County, Minnesota
200
0.7
79 Douglas County, Nebraska
--
--
79 Douglas County, South Dakota
--
--
79 Douglas County, Wisconsin
--
--
79 Dunn County, North Dakota
--
--
44 Dunn County, Wisconsin
234
0.65
79 DuPage County, Illinois
--
--
79 Faribault County, Minnesota
--
--
79 Finney County, Kansas
--
--
79 Flathead County, Montana
--
--
79 Ford County, Illinois
--
--
79 Franklin County, Ohio
--
--
79 Gibson County, Tennessee
--
--
58 Gogebic County, Michigan
55
0.3
29 Goodhue County, Minnesota
547
1.34
42 Grand Forks County, North Dakota
472
0.67
79 Grant County, North Dakota
--
--
53 Grant County, Wisconsin
178
0.36
57 Green County, Wisconsin
95
0.31
75 Greene County, Missouri
69
0.03
10 Griggs County, North Dakota
121
3.66
27 Grundy County, Illinois
450
1.39
36 Hamilton County, Iowa
137
0.85
25 Hardin County, Iowa
306
1.6
5 Harding County, South Dakota
78
4.67
79 Harris County, Texas
--
--
60 Hennepin County, Minnesota
2,651
0.26
79 Hettinger County, North Dakota
--
--
75 Hidalgo County, Texas
103
0.03
63 Houghton County, Michigan
68
0.19
45 Howard County, Nebraska
38
0.63
28 Hutchinson County, South Dakota
112
1.36
79 Iowa County, Wisconsin
--
--
35 Iroquois County, Illinois
278
0.9
79 Isanti County, Minnesota
--
--
12 Jefferson County, Nebraska
292
3.33
79 Kanabec County, Minnesota
--
--
30 Kandiyohi County, Minnesota
472
1.22
79 Kay County, Oklahoma
--
--
16 Kendall County, Illinois
1,044
2.65
79 Kern County, California
--
--
76 King County, Washington
246
0.02
20 Kingsbury County, South Dakota
120
2.03
24 Koochiching County, Minnesota
269
1.65
67 La Crosse County, Wisconsin
105
0.11
79 Lafayette County, Wisconsin
--
--
79 Lake County, South Dakota
--
--
75 Lane County, Oregon
82
0.03
79 Larimer County, Colorado
--
--
47 LaSalle County, Illinois
620
0.58
79 Licking County, Ohio
--
--
79 Lincoln County, Minnesota
--
--
43 Lincoln County, South Dakota
102
0.66
79 Logan County, Illinois
--
--
78 Los Angeles County, California
63
0
79 Mahoning County, Ohio
--
--
79 Maricopa County, Arizona
--
--
75 Marion County, Indiana
206
0.03
56 Marquette County, Michigan
228
0.32
3 Marshall County, Minnesota
586
5.33
39 Marshall County, South Dakota
34
0.7
79 Massac County, Illinois
--
--
52 Meade County, South Dakota
80
0.37
79 Mercer County, North Dakota
--
--
79 Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
--
--
73 Minnehaha County, South Dakota
68
0.05
79 Monterey County, California
--
--
79 Morgan County, Missouri
--
--
65 Morrison County, Minnesota
47
0.16
4 Mountrail County, North Dakota
330
4.7
66 Mower County, Minnesota
56
0.15
77 Nassau County, New York
95
0.01
8 Nelson County, North Dakota
163
3.7
79 Norman County, Minnesota
--
--
75 Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
180
0.03
34 Ontonagon County, Michigan
81
0.91
79 Orange County, California
--
--
24 Otter Tail County, Minnesota
835
1.65
51 Pembina County, North Dakota
38
0.41
14 Pend Oreille County, Washington
262
2.94
9 Pennington County, Minnesota
488
3.67
75 Peoria County, Illinois
63
0.03
79 Pepin County, Wisconsin
--
--
79 Perry County, Pennsylvania
--
--
79 Phelps County, Nebraska
--
--
32 Pierce County, North Dakota
55
1.09
79 Pierce County, Washington
--
--
77 Pima County, Arizona
36
0.01
40 Pine County, Minnesota
147
0.69
15 Pipestone County, Minnesota
288
2.75
13 Polk County, Minnesota
1,038
3.19
37 Polk County, Wisconsin
270
0.78
34 Pope County, Minnesota
98
0.91
79 Presque Isle County, Michigan
--
--
78 Prince George's County, Maryland
29
0
79 Putnam County, Florida
--
--
79 Ramsey County, Minnesota
--
--
17 Ramsey County, North Dakota
294
2.32
41 Ransom County, North Dakota
40
0.68
46 Richland County, North Dakota
110
0.61
77 Riverside County, California
73
0.01
24 Roberts County, South Dakota
164
1.65
72 Rock County, Wisconsin
88
0.06
41 Roosevelt County, Montana
75
0.68
79 Roscommon County, Michigan
--
--
1 Roseau County, Minnesota
1,255
8.35
78 San Diego County, California
56
0
79 San Joaquin County, California
--
--
56 Santa Cruz County, Arizona
94
0.32
79 Sarasota County, Florida
--
--
48 Scott County, Minnesota
332
0.57
79 Skagit County, Washington
--
--
71 Snohomish County, Washington
323
0.07
79 Somervell County, Texas
--
--
76 Spokane County, Washington
80
0.02
79 St. Croix County, Wisconsin
--
--
68 St. Louis County, Minnesota
193
0.1
79 St. Louis County, Missouri
--
--
22 Stark County, North Dakota
396
1.73
63 Stearns County, Minnesota
229
0.19
79 Steele County, Minnesota
--
--
79 Stutsman County, North Dakota
--
--
79 Swisher County, Texas
--
--
79 Thayer County, Nebraska
--
--
79 Towner County, North Dakota
--
--
18 Traill County, North Dakota
201
2.3
33 Turner County, South Dakota
91
1.06
79 Union County, South Dakota
--
--
71 Ventura County, California
438
0.07
20 Wadena County, Minnesota
267
2.03
19 Walsh County, North Dakota
317
2.29
54 Ward County, North Dakota
203
0.35
79 Warren County, New York
--
--
53 Waseca County, Minnesota
65
0.36
79 Washington County, Maryland
--
--
79 Washington County, Minnesota
--
--
55 Watonwan County, Minnesota
38
0.33
79 Waukesha County, Wisconsin
--
--
79 Wells County, North Dakota
--
--
79 Wharton County, Texas
--
--
70 Whatcom County, Washington
103
0.08
75 Wichita County, Texas
41
0.03
50 Wilkin County, Minnesota
34
0.45
7 Williams County, North Dakota
863
4.08
79 Winnebago County, Iowa
--
--
79 Wright County, Iowa
--
--
61 Wright County, Minnesota
157
0.23
79 Yankton County, South Dakota
--
--
79 Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota
--
--


* 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]