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