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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.

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Rank
2010
Rank
1990
Rank
1980
County   [Download CSV]
Percent
2010
Percent
1990
Percent
1980
29 23 25 Allamakee County, Iowa
0.35
0.63
0.71
54 46 47 Alpena County, Michigan
--
0.11
0.06
54 22 26 Ashland County, Wisconsin
--
0.66
0.63
49 51 47 Barnstable County, Massachusetts
0.04
0.06
0.06
28 19 19 Becker County, Minnesota
0.36
0.74
0.94
53 55 51 Bexar County, Texas
0
0.01
0.01
43 48 43 Black Hawk County, Iowa
0.1
0.09
0.12
9 15 17 Blue Earth County, Minnesota
1.47
1.2
1.04
54 57 4 Boone County, Nebraska
--
--
3.64
54 57 46 Brookings County, South Dakota
--
--
0.07
45 57 53 Brown County, Wisconsin
0.08
--
--
54 36 53 Bryan County, Georgia
--
0.3
--
21 19 20 Butler County, Iowa
0.47
0.74
0.93
54 56 53 Butte County, California
--
0
--
40 37 53 Cape Girardeau County, Missouri
0.13
0.29
--
37 33 32 Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
0.16
0.35
0.41
36 38 37 Charlevoix County, Michigan
0.19
0.25
0.31
54 57 50 Chatham County, Georgia
--
--
0.02
3 4 5 Chickasaw County, Iowa
3.1
3.37
3.51
24 57 53 Chippewa County, Minnesota
0.43
--
--
40 33 37 Chippewa County, Wisconsin
0.13
0.35
0.31
42 24 25 Clay County, Minnesota
0.11
0.61
0.71
7 8 14 Clearwater County, Minnesota
1.56
1.95
1.39
54 55 53 Cobb County, Georgia
--
0.01
--
41 49 53 Cole County, Missouri
0.12
0.08
--
47 46 42 Collier County, Florida
0.06
0.11
0.13
44 57 53 Columbia County, Oregon
0.09
--
--
35 28 27 Columbia County, Wisconsin
0.22
0.49
0.56
54 56 52 Cook County, Illinois
--
0
0
46 57 53 Coos County, Oregon
0.07
--
--
46 57 44 Dakota County, Minnesota
0.07
--
0.09
54 56 51 Dallas County, Texas
--
0
0.01
25 22 22 Dane County, Wisconsin
0.42
0.66
0.82
43 42 38 Douglas County, Oregon
0.1
0.19
0.25
53 57 53 Dunn County, Wisconsin
0
--
--
51 53 47 DuPage County, Illinois
0.02
0.03
0.06
17 12 13 Eau Claire County, Wisconsin
0.72
1.56
1.5
54 55 50 El Paso County, Colorado
--
0.01
0.02
5 7 8 Freeborn County, Minnesota
2.51
2.1
2.99
49 48 53 Hendricks County, Indiana
0.04
0.09
--
45 48 46 Hennepin County, Minnesota
0.08
0.09
0.07
8 10 53 Henry County, Ohio
1.51
1.76
--
48 57 53 Highlands County, Florida
0.05
--
--
39 35 53 Hood River County, Oregon
0.14
0.33
--
33 28 29 Indian River County, Florida
0.25
0.49
0.5
38 38 36 Inyo County, California
0.15
0.25
0.32
50 57 53 Jackson County, Oregon
0.03
--
--
45 57 53 Jasper County, Missouri
0.08
--
--
45 48 53 Josephine County, Oregon
0.08
0.09
--
35 39 39 Kitsap County, Washington
0.22
0.24
0.21
44 44 53 Klamath County, Oregon
0.09
0.16
--
49 57 53 Lake County, Indiana
0.04
--
--
15 20 23 Leelanau County, Michigan
1.06
0.72
0.76
53 56 52 Los Angeles County, California
0
0
0
11 11 10 Lyon County, Minnesota
1.36
1.74
1.76
54 52 53 Macomb County, Michigan
--
0.04
--
48 45 43 Marathon County, Wisconsin
0.05
0.14
0.12
53 56 53 Maricopa County, Arizona
0
0
--
23 18 18 Marinette County, Wisconsin
0.44
0.77
1
20 25 31 Marshall County, Minnesota
0.61
0.57
0.42
54 53 53 Martin County, Florida
--
0.03
--
49 57 53 Mendocino County, California
0.04
--
--
52 55 51 Middlesex County, Massachusetts
0.01
0.01
0.01
27 29 36 Midland County, Michigan
0.38
0.4
0.32
16 5 3 Mille Lacs County, Minnesota
0.94
2.84
4.34
54 50 41 Minnehaha County, South Dakota
--
0.07
0.14
40 34 35 Mitchell County, Iowa
0.13
0.34
0.34
40 40 46 Mohave County, Arizona
0.13
0.21
0.07
54 57 50 Monroe County, New York
--
--
0.02
18 17 15 Montmorency County, Michigan
0.69
0.78
1.19
51 55 53 Multnomah County, Oregon
0.02
0.01
--
48 38 40 Muskegon County, Michigan
0.05
0.25
0.15
54 57 7 Nance County, Nebraska
--
--
3
6 16 16 Nicollet County, Minnesota
1.75
0.9
1.1
54 41 53 Oceana County, Michigan
--
0.2
--
53 56 53 Orange County, California
0
0
--
49 57 53 Osceola County, Florida
0.04
--
--
50 57 53 Ottawa County, Michigan
0.03
--
--
45 46 42 Pierce County, Washington
0.08
0.11
0.13
54 21 24 Pipestone County, Minnesota
--
0.71
0.75
49 53 53 Polk County, Florida
0.04
0.03
--
14 14 11 Polk County, Minnesota
1.1
1.42
1.67
49 52 45 Portage County, Wisconsin
0.04
0.04
0.08
46 57 53 Porter County, Indiana
0.07
--
--
13 57 53 Presque Isle County, Michigan
1.15
--
--
1 1 1 Red Lake County, Minnesota
3.6
5.44
7.7
10 6 9 Redwood County, Minnesota
1.43
2.46
2.42
4 3 6 Rock County, Minnesota
2.82
3.59
3.12
54 54 53 Rock County, Wisconsin
--
0.02
--
45 35 53 Roseau County, Minnesota
0.08
0.33
--
31 46 53 Saginaw County, Michigan
0.29
0.11
--
52 57 53 Salt Lake County, Utah
0.01
--
--
54 55 53 San Diego County, California
--
0.01
--
54 57 37 Sauk County, Wisconsin
--
--
0.31
22 27 30 Shawano County, Wisconsin
0.46
0.5
0.48
34 26 53 Sherburne County, Minnesota
0.23
0.55
--
19 16 21 Sibley County, Minnesota
0.65
0.9
0.92
47 50 48 Skagit County, Washington
0.06
0.07
0.04
52 55 53 Sonoma County, California
0.01
0.01
--
49 51 53 St. Lucie County, Florida
0.04
0.06
--
39 57 53 Stearns County, Minnesota
0.14
--
--
48 48 44 Story County, Iowa
0.05
0.09
0.09
50 48 44 Thurston County, Washington
0.03
0.09
0.09
54 13 12 Traill County, North Dakota
--
1.55
1.66
54 55 49 Ventura County, California
--
0.01
0.03
54 57 44 Ward County, North Dakota
--
--
0.09
42 57 53 Warren County, Iowa
0.11
--
--
26 31 53 Wasco County, Oregon
0.39
0.37
--
30 30 34 Washington County, Wisconsin
0.33
0.39
0.37
41 43 40 Waukesha County, Wisconsin
0.12
0.17
0.15
42 26 28 Waupaca County, Wisconsin
0.11
0.55
0.52
41 26 33 Wayne County, Missouri
0.12
0.55
0.39
52 57 53 Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
0.01
--
--
2 2 2 Winnebago County, Iowa
3.18
4.48
5.16
50 57 53 Winnebago County, Wisconsin
0.03
--
--
42 32 34 Winneshiek County, Iowa
0.11
0.36
0.37
32 31 53 Wood County, Ohio
0.26
0.37
--
12 9 53 Worth County, Iowa
1.34
1.86
--
54 47 53 Yuba County, California
--
0.1
--


* 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]