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The American Association of Lutheran Churches was formed by conservative Lutheran ministers and lay people who did not wish to participate in the merger that created the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1988.

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 American Association of Lutheran Churches. You can sort the list by clicking on the column headings.

Complete List

Rank
1990
Rank
1980
County   [Download CSV]
Percent
1990
Percent
1980
35 1 Adams County, Colorado
0.09
0
33 1 Alpena County, Michigan
0.11
0
28 1 Barron County, Wisconsin
0.2
0
26 1 Beltrami County, Minnesota
0.26
0
36 1 Benton County, Oregon
0.08
0
45 2 Bernalillo County, New Mexico
--
--
23 1 Black Hawk County, Iowa
0.34
0
45 2 Bracken County, Kentucky
--
--
45 2 Bremer County, Iowa
--
--
17 1 Buchanan County, Iowa
0.61
0
3 1 Burke County, North Dakota
5.53
0
45 2 Campbell County, Wyoming
--
--
45 2 Cape Girardeau County, Missouri
--
--
39 1 Carroll County, Maryland
0.05
0
10 1 Chippewa County, Wisconsin
1.05
0
45 2 Clark County, Nevada
--
--
45 2 Clark County, Washington
--
--
44 1 Cook County, Illinois
0
0
19 1 Cottonwood County, Minnesota
0.55
0
45 2 Cumberland County, North Carolina
--
--
45 2 Defiance County, Ohio
--
--
8 1 Divide County, North Dakota
1.55
0
14 1 Dodge County, Minnesota
0.78
0
31 1 Douglas County, Nebraska
0.14
0
41 1 DuPage County, Illinois
0.03
0
45 2 Ellis County, Kansas
--
--
11 1 Faribault County, Minnesota
0.91
0
25 1 Fayette County, Iowa
0.28
0
34 1 Freeborn County, Minnesota
0.1
0
36 1 Goodhue County, Minnesota
0.08
0
24 1 Grand Forks County, North Dakota
0.29
0
30 1 Hampton city, Virginia
0.15
0
21 1 Hancock County, Iowa
0.51
0
39 1 Hennepin County, Minnesota
0.05
0
45 2 Henry County, Ohio
--
--
45 2 Highlands County, Florida
--
--
45 2 Ida County, Iowa
--
--
9 1 Iroquois County, Illinois
1.26
0
18 1 Jackson County, Wisconsin
0.59
0
43 1 Johnson County, Kansas
0.01
0
7 1 Kendall County, Illinois
1.61
0
45 2 Kern County, California
--
--
44 1 King County, Washington
0
0
45 2 Kitsap County, Washington
--
--
12 1 Kittson County, Minnesota
0.9
0
27 1 Lac qui Parle County, Minnesota
0.25
0
4 1 Lake County, South Dakota
4.45
0
43 1 Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
0.01
0
43 1 Los Angeles County, California
0.01
0
45 2 Macomb County, Michigan
--
--
45 2 Macon County, North Carolina
--
--
44 1 Maricopa County, Arizona
0
0
13 1 Marinette County, Wisconsin
0.88
0
40 1 Marion County, Indiana
0.04
0
38 1 Marion County, Oregon
0.06
0
9 1 Marshall County, Minnesota
1.26
0
31 1 Mecosta County, Michigan
0.14
0
45 2 Miami County, Ohio
--
--
45 2 Montgomery County, Maryland
--
--
43 1 Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
0.01
0
45 2 Morton County, North Dakota
--
--
1 1 Mountrail County, North Dakota
8.36
0
33 1 Multnomah County, Oregon
0.11
0
43 1 Nassau County, New York
0.01
0
45 2 Navajo County, Arizona
--
--
43 1 Orange County, California
0.01
0
29 1 Otter Tail County, Minnesota
0.16
0
45 2 Outagamie County, Wisconsin
--
--
26 1 Pike County, Pennsylvania
0.26
0
45 2 Pinal County, Arizona
--
--
6 1 Pocahontas County, Iowa
2.07
0
31 1 Polk County, Minnesota
0.14
0
15 1 Polk County, Wisconsin
0.75
0
38 1 Ramsey County, Minnesota
0.06
0
5 1 Richland County, Montana
2.21
0
37 1 Rock County, Wisconsin
0.07
0
45 2 Sacramento County, California
--
--
45 2 San Diego County, California
--
--
42 1 San Luis Obispo County, California
0.02
0
25 1 Scott County, Iowa
0.28
0
39 1 Seminole County, Florida
0.05
0
45 2 Seward County, Nebraska
--
--
22 1 Sierra County, New Mexico
0.35
0
22 1 St. Louis County, Minnesota
0.35
0
41 1 Stanislaus County, California
0.03
0
16 1 Stevens County, Minnesota
0.72
0
20 1 Story County, Iowa
0.54
0
28 1 Sutter County, California
0.2
0
45 2 Tama County, Iowa
--
--
45 2 Toole County, Montana
--
--
45 2 Volusia County, Florida
--
--
32 1 Ward County, North Dakota
0.13
0
45 2 Washington County, Colorado
--
--
45 2 Washington County, Iowa
--
--
2 1 Williams County, North Dakota
6.91
0
13 1 Winnebago County, Iowa
0.88
0
34 1 Yellowstone County, Montana
0.1
0


* 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]