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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
25 Dane County, Wisconsin
2,031
0.42
9 Blue Earth County, Minnesota
943
1.47
45 Hennepin County, Minnesota
907
0.08
5 Freeborn County, Minnesota
786
2.51
17 Eau Claire County, Wisconsin
708
0.72
45 Pierce County, Washington
640
0.08
6 Nicollet County, Minnesota
574
1.75
31 Saginaw County, Michigan
573
0.29
35 Kitsap County, Washington
564
0.22
41 Waukesha County, Wisconsin
485
0.12
30 Washington County, Wisconsin
429
0.33
8 Henry County, Ohio
427
1.51
3 Chickasaw County, Iowa
385
3.1
11 Lyon County, Minnesota
351
1.36
14 Polk County, Minnesota
348
1.1
2 Winnebago County, Iowa
345
3.18
33 Indian River County, Florida
339
0.25
32 Wood County, Ohio
321
0.26
27 Midland County, Michigan
320
0.38
46 Dakota County, Minnesota
293
0.07
4 Rock County, Minnesota
273
2.82
40 Mohave County, Arizona
268
0.13
16 Mille Lacs County, Minnesota
246
0.94
49 Polk County, Florida
239
0.04
15 Leelanau County, Michigan
230
1.06
10 Redwood County, Minnesota
229
1.43
49 Lake County, Indiana
221
0.04
39 Stearns County, Minnesota
214
0.14
45 Brown County, Wisconsin
206
0.08
34 Sherburne County, Minnesota
204
0.23
47 Collier County, Florida
195
0.06
22 Shawano County, Wisconsin
194
0.46
23 Marinette County, Wisconsin
185
0.44
51 DuPage County, Illinois
166
0.02
13 Presque Isle County, Michigan
154
1.15
1 Red Lake County, Minnesota
147
3.6
52 Salt Lake County, Utah
147
0.01
52 Middlesex County, Massachusetts
142
0.01
51 Multnomah County, Oregon
138
0.02
7 Clearwater County, Minnesota
136
1.56
43 Black Hawk County, Iowa
135
0.1
35 Columbia County, Wisconsin
123
0.22
49 St. Lucie County, Florida
122
0.04
49 Osceola County, Florida
120
0.04
46 Porter County, Indiana
120
0.07
28 Becker County, Minnesota
118
0.36
43 Douglas County, Oregon
108
0.1
53 Orange County, California
107
0
12 Worth County, Iowa
102
1.34
40 Cape Girardeau County, Missouri
101
0.13
19 Sibley County, Minnesota
99
0.65
45 Jasper County, Missouri
98
0.08
26 Wasco County, Oregon
98
0.39
41 Cole County, Missouri
89
0.12
49 Barnstable County, Massachusetts
88
0.04
48 Muskegon County, Michigan
88
0.05
40 Chippewa County, Wisconsin
82
0.13
53 Maricopa County, Arizona
81
0
53 Bexar County, Texas
75
0
47 Skagit County, Washington
74
0.06
21 Butler County, Iowa
70
0.47
50 Jackson County, Oregon
70
0.03
45 Josephine County, Oregon
70
0.08
37 Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
69
0.16
50 Ottawa County, Michigan
69
0.03
50 Thurston County, Washington
69
0.03
18 Montmorency County, Michigan
67
0.69
42 Clay County, Minnesota
63
0.11
49 Hendricks County, Indiana
62
0.04
48 Marathon County, Wisconsin
61
0.05
42 Waupaca County, Wisconsin
60
0.11
20 Marshall County, Minnesota
58
0.61
44 Klamath County, Oregon
57
0.09
24 Chippewa County, Minnesota
53
0.43
29 Allamakee County, Iowa
50
0.35
36 Charlevoix County, Michigan
50
0.19
53 Los Angeles County, California
49
0
48 Story County, Iowa
49
0.05
42 Warren County, Iowa
49
0.11
48 Highlands County, Florida
45
0.05
46 Coos County, Oregon
43
0.07
44 Columbia County, Oregon
42
0.09
50 Winnebago County, Wisconsin
42
0.03
49 Mendocino County, California
35
0.04
52 Sonoma County, California
35
0.01
39 Hood River County, Oregon
31
0.14
38 Inyo County, California
27
0.15
49 Portage County, Wisconsin
27
0.04
42 Winneshiek County, Iowa
24
0.11
52 Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
22
0.01
41 Wayne County, Missouri
16
0.12
40 Mitchell County, Iowa
14
0.13
45 Roseau County, Minnesota
12
0.08
53 Dunn County, Wisconsin
0
0
54 Alpena County, Michigan
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54 Ashland County, Wisconsin
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54 Boone County, Nebraska
--
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54 Brookings County, South Dakota
--
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54 Bryan County, Georgia
--
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54 Butte County, California
--
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54 Chatham County, Georgia
--
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54 Cobb County, Georgia
--
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54 Cook County, Illinois
--
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54 Dallas County, Texas
--
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54 El Paso County, Colorado
--
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54 Macomb County, Michigan
--
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54 Martin County, Florida
--
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54 Minnehaha County, South Dakota
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54 Monroe County, New York
--
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54 Nance County, Nebraska
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54 Oceana County, Michigan
--
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54 Pipestone County, Minnesota
--
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54 Rock County, Wisconsin
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54 San Diego County, California
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54 Sauk County, Wisconsin
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54 Traill County, North Dakota
--
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54 Ventura County, California
--
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54 Ward County, North Dakota
--
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54 Yuba County, California
--
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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]