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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 Communal denominations. 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
49 Adams County, Washington
100
0.61
43 Beadle County, South Dakota
200
1.17
58 Beckham County, Oklahoma
--
--
47 Big Horn County, Montana
100
0.79
25 Big Stone County, Minnesota
200
3.44
27 Blaine County, Montana
200
2.85
28 Bon Homme County, South Dakota
200
2.75
48 Brookings County, South Dakota
200
0.71
44 Brown County, South Dakota
400
1.13
34 Brule County, South Dakota
100
1.86
50 Cascade County, Montana
400
0.5
58 Champaign County, Ohio
--
--
26 Charles Mix County, South Dakota
300
3.21
37 Chouteau County, Montana
100
1.68
2 Clark County, South Dakota
500
12.07
54 Clay County, Minnesota
100
0.2
38 Cottonwood County, Minnesota
200
1.64
39 Davison County, South Dakota
300
1.6
24 Dickey County, North Dakota
200
3.47
9 Douglas County, South Dakota
200
5.78
12 Edmunds County, South Dakota
200
4.58
1 Faulk County, South Dakota
400
15.15
58 Fayette County, Pennsylvania
--
--
18 Fergus County, Montana
500
4.2
20 Glacier County, Montana
500
3.77
4 Golden Valley County, Montana
100
9.6
58 Grant County, North Dakota
--
--
52 Grant County, Washington
200
0.27
58 Greene County, New York
--
--
23 Hamlin County, South Dakota
200
3.61
29 Hand County, South Dakota
100
2.67
8 Hanson County, South Dakota
200
6.37
30 Hill County, Montana
400
2.4
22 Hutchinson County, South Dakota
300
3.72
58 Iowa County, Iowa
--
--
14 Jerauld County, South Dakota
100
4.36
16 Judith Basin County, Montana
100
4.29
25 Kingsbury County, South Dakota
200
3.44
35 Lake County, South Dakota
200
1.77
17 LaMoure County, North Dakota
200
4.25
55 Lewis and Clark County, Montana
100
0.18
6 Liberty County, Montana
200
9.27
40 Lincoln County, Minnesota
100
1.56
33 Lincoln County, Washington
200
1.96
58 Litchfield County, Connecticut
--
--
32 Marshall County, South Dakota
100
2.19
36 McCook County, South Dakota
100
1.71
25 McPherson County, South Dakota
100
3.44
3 Meagher County, Montana
200
10.35
24 Miner County, South Dakota
100
3.47
41 Moody County, South Dakota
100
1.52
53 Mower County, Minnesota
100
0.26
13 Musselshell County, Montana
200
4.45
15 Phillips County, Montana
200
4.35
58 Polk County, Minnesota
--
--
5 Pondera County, Montana
600
9.34
45 Roberts County, South Dakota
100
1
58 Roosevelt County, Montana
--
--
21 Sanborn County, South Dakota
100
3.74
31 Sargent County, North Dakota
100
2.29
42 Sibley County, Minnesota
200
1.3
19 Spink County, South Dakota
300
4.02
57 Spokane County, Washington
100
0.02
11 Teton County, Montana
300
4.65
10 Toole County, Montana
300
5.7
58 Tripp County, South Dakota
--
--
58 Ulster County, New York
--
--
58 Umatilla County, Oregon
--
--
46 Walsh County, North Dakota
100
0.81
7 Wheatland County, Montana
200
8.85
51 Yankton County, South Dakota
100
0.46
56 Yellowstone County, Montana
100
0.08


* 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]