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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
16 Kendall County, Illinois
1,630
2.99
81 Hennepin County, Minnesota
1,512
0.14
84 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
1,361
0.11
1 Roseau County, Minnesota
1,355
8.29
15 Polk County, Minnesota
985
3.14
29 Otter Tail County, Minnesota
936
1.64
7 Williams County, North Dakota
889
4.5
41 LaSalle County, Illinois
887
0.8
19 Carlton County, Minnesota
814
2.57
24 Grundy County, Illinois
751
2
66 Minnehaha County, South Dakota
550
0.37
86 Snohomish County, Washington
547
0.09
12 Pennington County, Minnesota
538
3.96
3 Clearwater County, Minnesota
536
6.36
8 Barnes County, North Dakota
514
4.37
34 Goodhue County, Minnesota
509
1.15
27 Brookings County, South Dakota
486
1.72
43 Grand Forks County, North Dakota
486
0.74
6 Marshall County, Minnesota
465
4.58
83 Dakota County, Minnesota
441
0.12
9 Pipestone County, Minnesota
423
4.27
25 Stark County, North Dakota
423
1.87
17 Walsh County, North Dakota
367
2.96
21 Koochiching County, Minnesota
360
2.51
4 Mountrail County, North Dakota
331
4.99
18 Pope County, Minnesota
318
2.83
20 Ramsey County, North Dakota
307
2.54
14 Jefferson County, Nebraska
305
3.66
69 Scott County, Minnesota
303
0.34
63 Flathead County, Montana
302
0.41
45 Kandiyohi County, Minnesota
296
0.72
38 Iroquois County, Illinois
295
0.94
89 Ventura County, California
292
0.04
5 Big Stone County, Minnesota
285
4.9
56 Clay County, Minnesota
262
0.51
76 Cass County, North Dakota
252
0.2
82 St. Louis County, Minnesota
252
0.13
88 Douglas County, Nebraska
250
0.05
52 Barron County, Wisconsin
249
0.55
92 San Diego County, California
248
0.01
28 Wadena County, Minnesota
229
1.67
65 Ward County, North Dakota
229
0.39
46 Douglas County, Minnesota
226
0.69
10 Brule County, South Dakota
223
4.16
92 King County, Washington
223
0.01
62 Clinton County, Iowa
213
0.42
16 Benson County, North Dakota
208
2.99
35 Hardin County, Iowa
208
1.11
70 Marquette County, Michigan
201
0.31
74 Wright County, Minnesota
194
0.22
23 Traill County, North Dakota
185
2.18
26 Alger County, Michigan
180
1.83
55 Green County, Wisconsin
175
0.52
51 Becker County, Minnesota
170
0.57
63 Chisago County, Minnesota
168
0.41
57 Clatsop County, Oregon
166
0.47
64 Polk County, Wisconsin
165
0.4
84 Rock County, Wisconsin
165
0.11
49 Codington County, South Dakota
157
0.61
88 Anoka County, Minnesota
147
0.05
57 Logan County, Illinois
146
0.47
13 Nelson County, North Dakota
143
3.85
30 Roberts County, South Dakota
143
1.43
87 Whatcom County, Washington
140
0.08
87 Douglas County, Colorado
139
0.08
22 Kingsbury County, South Dakota
135
2.32
50 Buchanan County, Iowa
127
0.6
70 Wharton County, Texas
126
0.31
36 Cottonwood County, Minnesota
125
1.03
81 DeKalb County, Illinois
125
0.14
33 Roosevelt County, Montana
125
1.18
73 Kay County, Oklahoma
123
0.26
92 Marion County, Indiana
121
0.01
71 Beltrami County, Minnesota
119
0.3
84 La Crosse County, Wisconsin
117
0.11
70 Houghton County, Michigan
113
0.31
91 Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
113
0.02
11 Griggs County, North Dakota
110
3.99
31 Hutchinson County, South Dakota
110
1.36
47 Hamilton County, Iowa
108
0.66
77 Blue Earth County, Minnesota
107
0.19
44 Presque Isle County, Michigan
105
0.73
2 Harding County, South Dakota
103
7.61
62 Lincoln County, South Dakota
102
0.42
34 Turner County, South Dakota
102
1.15
63 Meade County, South Dakota
100
0.41
92 Pierce County, Washington
100
0.01
53 Richland County, North Dakota
98
0.54
42 Watonwan County, Minnesota
94
0.79
89 Larimer County, Colorado
91
0.04
50 Bayfield County, Wisconsin
90
0.6
89 Greene County, Missouri
90
0.04
79 Grant County, Wisconsin
84
0.17
92 Pima County, Arizona
83
0.01
32 Thayer County, Nebraska
81
1.34
76 Mower County, Minnesota
77
0.2
76 Santa Cruz County, Arizona
75
0.2
68 Yankton County, South Dakota
75
0.35
72 Pine County, Minnesota
74
0.28
58 Massac County, Illinois
70
0.46
75 Morrison County, Minnesota
68
0.21
54 Union County, South Dakota
67
0.53
78 Bryan County, Oklahoma
64
0.18
82 Boone County, Indiana
62
0.13
92 Hidalgo County, Texas
62
0.01
88 Stearns County, Minnesota
62
0.05
89 Baldwin County, Alabama
60
0.04
37 Day County, South Dakota
60
0.96
80 Dunn County, Wisconsin
60
0.15
93 Cook County, Illinois
55
0
92 Spokane County, Washington
55
0.01
39 Dewey County, South Dakota
53
0.89
93 Maricopa County, Arizona
52
0
48 Swisher County, Texas
52
0.62
82 Atascosa County, Texas
50
0.13
72 Dodge County, Minnesota
50
0.28
71 Wright County, Iowa
43
0.3
93 Harris County, Texas
41
0
40 Marshall County, South Dakota
39
0.85
85 Delta County, Michigan
38
0.1
93 Prince George's County, Maryland
38
0
61 Mercer County, North Dakota
37
0.43
90 Wichita County, Texas
37
0.03
87 Douglas County, Wisconsin
36
0.08
59 Ontonagon County, Michigan
35
0.45
57 Howard County, Nebraska
31
0.47
67 Pembina County, North Dakota
31
0.36
87 Brown County, South Dakota
30
0.08
93 Cuyahoga County, Ohio
30
0
92 Lane County, Oregon
30
0.01
89 Warren County, New York
28
0.04
60 Ransom County, North Dakota
26
0.44
89 Burleigh County, North Dakota
25
0.04
92 Brevard County, Florida
24
0.01
77 Winnebago County, Iowa
22
0.19
93 Los Angeles County, California
20
0
93 Ramsey County, Minnesota
18
0
88 Isanti County, Minnesota
16
0.05
93 Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
15
0
75 Pepin County, Wisconsin
15
0.21
88 Aitkin County, Minnesota
8
0.05
93 Arapahoe County, Colorado
0
0
93 Bosque County, Texas
0
0
93 Butler County, Pennsylvania
0
0
93 Mahoning County, Ohio
0
0
93 Pierce County, North Dakota
0
0
94 Baraga County, Michigan
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94 Bastrop County, Texas
--
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94 Baxter County, Arkansas
--
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94 Beaver County, Pennsylvania
--
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94 Beaverhead County, Montana
--
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94 Berks County, Pennsylvania
--
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94 Bristol County, Massachusetts
--
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94 Cameron County, Texas
--
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94 Cavalier County, North Dakota
--
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94 Cedar County, Nebraska
--
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94 Champaign County, Illinois
--
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94 Cheyenne County, Kansas
--
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94 Clark County, Washington
--
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94 Crow Wing County, Minnesota
--
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94 Curry County, Oregon
--
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94 Dallas County, Alabama
--
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94 Dane County, Wisconsin
--
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94 Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
--
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94 Davison County, South Dakota
--
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94 Dickinson County, Michigan
--
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94 Douglas County, South Dakota
--
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94 Dunn County, North Dakota
--
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94 DuPage County, Illinois
--
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94 Faribault County, Minnesota
--
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94 Finney County, Kansas
--
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94 Ford County, Illinois
--
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94 Franklin County, Ohio
--
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94 Gibson County, Tennessee
--
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94 Gogebic County, Michigan
--
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94 Grant County, North Dakota
--
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94 Hettinger County, North Dakota
--
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94 Iowa County, Wisconsin
--
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94 Kanabec County, Minnesota
--
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94 Kern County, California
--
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94 Lafayette County, Wisconsin
--
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94 Lake County, South Dakota
--
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94 Licking County, Ohio
--
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94 Lincoln County, Minnesota
--
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94 Monterey County, California
--
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94 Morgan County, Missouri
--
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94 Nassau County, New York
--
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94 Norman County, Minnesota
--
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94 Orange County, California
--
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94 Pend Oreille County, Washington
--
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94 Peoria County, Illinois
--
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94 Perry County, Pennsylvania
--
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94 Phelps County, Nebraska
--
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94 Putnam County, Florida
--
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94 Riverside County, California
--
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94 Roscommon County, Michigan
--
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94 San Joaquin County, California
--
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94 Sarasota County, Florida
--
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94 Skagit County, Washington
--
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94 Somervell County, Texas
--
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94 St. Croix County, Wisconsin
--
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94 St. Louis County, Missouri
--
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94 Steele County, Minnesota
--
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94 Stutsman County, North Dakota
--
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94 Towner County, North Dakota
--
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94 Waseca County, Minnesota
--
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94 Washington County, Maryland
--
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94 Washington County, Minnesota
--
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94 Waukesha County, Wisconsin
--
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94 Wells County, North Dakota
--
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94 Wilkin County, Minnesota
--
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94 Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota
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* 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]