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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.

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2000
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1990
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1980
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Percent
2000
Percent
1990
Percent
1980
88 62 47 Aitkin County, Minnesota
0.05
0.2
0.22
26 21 15 Alger County, Michigan
1.83
1.89
1.63
84 79 60 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
0.11
--
--
88 76 60 Anoka County, Minnesota
0.05
0.02
--
93 79 60 Arapahoe County, Colorado
0
--
--
82 79 60 Atascosa County, Texas
0.13
--
--
89 79 60 Baldwin County, Alabama
0.04
--
--
94 34 44 Baraga County, Michigan
--
0.91
0.33
8 15 5 Barnes County, North Dakota
4.37
2.75
3.47
52 45 37 Barron County, Wisconsin
0.55
0.63
0.45
94 79 60 Bastrop County, Texas
--
--
--
94 64 60 Baxter County, Arkansas
--
0.18
--
50 38 11 Bayfield County, Wisconsin
0.6
0.71
2.34
94 79 60 Beaver County, Pennsylvania
--
--
--
94 79 60 Beaverhead County, Montana
--
--
--
51 66 60 Becker County, Minnesota
0.57
0.15
--
71 63 42 Beltrami County, Minnesota
0.3
0.19
0.36
16 7 4 Benson County, North Dakota
2.99
4.08
3.52
94 79 60 Berks County, Pennsylvania
--
--
--
5 26 60 Big Stone County, Minnesota
4.9
1.43
--
77 66 60 Blue Earth County, Minnesota
0.19
0.15
--
82 79 60 Boone County, Indiana
0.13
--
--
93 79 60 Bosque County, Texas
0
--
--
92 79 60 Brevard County, Florida
0.01
--
--
94 78 59 Bristol County, Massachusetts
--
0
0
27 23 60 Brookings County, South Dakota
1.72
1.7
--
87 69 54 Brown County, South Dakota
0.08
0.09
0.08
10 6 9 Brule County, South Dakota
4.16
4.39
2.48
78 79 60 Bryan County, Oklahoma
0.18
--
--
50 79 60 Buchanan County, Iowa
0.6
--
--
89 70 60 Burleigh County, North Dakota
0.04
0.08
--
93 79 60 Butler County, Pennsylvania
0
--
--
94 79 60 Cameron County, Texas
--
--
--
19 11 14 Carlton County, Minnesota
2.57
3.42
1.67
76 61 52 Cass County, North Dakota
0.2
0.23
0.12
94 79 32 Cavalier County, North Dakota
--
--
0.72
94 79 60 Cedar County, Nebraska
--
--
--
94 79 60 Champaign County, Illinois
--
--
--
94 79 60 Cheyenne County, Kansas
--
--
--
63 58 20 Chisago County, Minnesota
0.41
0.3
1.32
94 79 58 Clark County, Washington
--
--
0.01
57 49 35 Clatsop County, Oregon
0.47
0.48
0.49
56 60 60 Clay County, Minnesota
0.51
0.26
--
3 2 3 Clearwater County, Minnesota
6.36
6.04
4.74
62 61 60 Clinton County, Iowa
0.42
0.23
--
49 46 26 Codington County, South Dakota
0.61
0.61
1.01
93 79 60 Cook County, Illinois
0
--
--
36 79 60 Cottonwood County, Minnesota
1.03
--
--
94 79 60 Crow Wing County, Minnesota
--
--
--
94 79 60 Curry County, Oregon
--
--
--
93 79 59 Cuyahoga County, Ohio
0
--
0
83 79 60 Dakota County, Minnesota
0.12
--
--
94 74 60 Dallas County, Alabama
--
0.04
--
94 75 60 Dane County, Wisconsin
--
0.03
--
94 79 60 Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
--
--
--
94 79 60 Davison County, South Dakota
--
--
--
37 31 17 Day County, South Dakota
0.96
1.16
1.48
81 65 48 DeKalb County, Illinois
0.14
0.16
0.2
85 68 60 Delta County, Michigan
0.1
0.1
--
39 31 25 Dewey County, South Dakota
0.89
1.16
1.02
94 79 60 Dickinson County, Michigan
--
--
--
72 59 60 Dodge County, Minnesota
0.28
0.29
--
87 79 60 Douglas County, Colorado
0.08
--
--
46 39 40 Douglas County, Minnesota
0.69
0.7
0.4
88 79 60 Douglas County, Nebraska
0.05
--
--
94 79 60 Douglas County, South Dakota
--
--
--
87 79 60 Douglas County, Wisconsin
0.08
--
--
94 79 60 Dunn County, North Dakota
--
--
--
80 44 38 Dunn County, Wisconsin
0.15
0.65
0.44
94 79 60 DuPage County, Illinois
--
--
--
94 79 60 Faribault County, Minnesota
--
--
--
94 79 60 Finney County, Kansas
--
--
--
63 79 36 Flathead County, Montana
0.41
--
0.48
94 79 60 Ford County, Illinois
--
--
--
94 79 60 Franklin County, Ohio
--
--
--
94 79 60 Gibson County, Tennessee
--
--
--
94 58 39 Gogebic County, Michigan
--
0.3
0.42
34 29 19 Goodhue County, Minnesota
1.15
1.34
1.42
43 42 50 Grand Forks County, North Dakota
0.74
0.67
0.18
94 79 60 Grant County, North Dakota
--
--
--
79 53 41 Grant County, Wisconsin
0.17
0.36
0.39
55 57 60 Green County, Wisconsin
0.52
0.31
--
89 75 60 Greene County, Missouri
0.04
0.03
--
11 10 8 Griggs County, North Dakota
3.99
3.66
2.72
24 27 60 Grundy County, Illinois
2
1.39
--
47 36 60 Hamilton County, Iowa
0.66
0.85
--
35 25 28 Hardin County, Iowa
1.11
1.6
0.93
2 5 2 Harding County, South Dakota
7.61
4.67
7.35
93 79 60 Harris County, Texas
0
--
--
81 60 55 Hennepin County, Minnesota
0.14
0.26
0.06
94 79 60 Hettinger County, North Dakota
--
--
--
92 75 60 Hidalgo County, Texas
0.01
0.03
--
70 63 60 Houghton County, Michigan
0.31
0.19
--
57 45 33 Howard County, Nebraska
0.47
0.63
0.63
31 28 60 Hutchinson County, South Dakota
1.36
1.36
--
94 79 60 Iowa County, Wisconsin
--
--
--
38 35 60 Iroquois County, Illinois
0.94
0.9
--
88 79 60 Isanti County, Minnesota
0.05
--
--
14 12 60 Jefferson County, Nebraska
3.66
3.33
--
94 79 60 Kanabec County, Minnesota
--
--
--
45 30 23 Kandiyohi County, Minnesota
0.72
1.22
1.18
73 79 60 Kay County, Oklahoma
0.26
--
--
16 16 60 Kendall County, Illinois
2.99
2.65
--
94 79 60 Kern County, California
--
--
--
92 76 57 King County, Washington
0.01
0.02
0.02
22 20 60 Kingsbury County, South Dakota
2.32
2.03
--
21 24 60 Koochiching County, Minnesota
2.51
1.65
--
84 67 60 La Crosse County, Wisconsin
0.11
0.11
--
94 79 60 Lafayette County, Wisconsin
--
--
--
94 79 60 Lake County, South Dakota
--
--
--
92 75 55 Lane County, Oregon
0.01
0.03
0.06
89 79 60 Larimer County, Colorado
0.04
--
--
41 47 60 LaSalle County, Illinois
0.8
0.58
--
94 79 60 Licking County, Ohio
--
--
--
94 79 60 Lincoln County, Minnesota
--
--
--
62 43 60 Lincoln County, South Dakota
0.42
0.66
--
57 79 60 Logan County, Illinois
0.47
--
--
93 78 60 Los Angeles County, California
0
0
--
93 79 60 Mahoning County, Ohio
0
--
--
93 79 60 Maricopa County, Arizona
0
--
--
92 75 60 Marion County, Indiana
0.01
0.03
--
70 56 44 Marquette County, Michigan
0.31
0.32
0.33
6 3 7 Marshall County, Minnesota
4.58
5.33
2.92
40 39 31 Marshall County, South Dakota
0.85
0.7
0.74
58 79 60 Massac County, Illinois
0.46
--
--
63 52 40 Meade County, South Dakota
0.41
0.37
0.4
61 79 60 Mercer County, North Dakota
0.43
--
--
93 79 60 Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
0
--
--
66 73 60 Minnehaha County, South Dakota
0.37
0.05
--
94 79 60 Monterey County, California
--
--
--
94 79 60 Morgan County, Missouri
--
--
--
75 65 60 Morrison County, Minnesota
0.21
0.16
--
4 4 24 Mountrail County, North Dakota
4.99
4.7
1.04
76 66 60 Mower County, Minnesota
0.2
0.15
--
94 77 60 Nassau County, New York
--
0.01
--
13 8 6 Nelson County, North Dakota
3.85
3.7
3.25
94 79 60 Norman County, Minnesota
--
--
--
91 75 60 Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
0.02
0.03
--
59 34 35 Ontonagon County, Michigan
0.45
0.91
0.49
94 79 60 Orange County, California
--
--
--
29 24 22 Otter Tail County, Minnesota
1.64
1.65
1.19
67 51 43 Pembina County, North Dakota
0.36
0.41
0.34
94 14 60 Pend Oreille County, Washington
--
2.94
--
12 9 9 Pennington County, Minnesota
3.96
3.67
2.48
94 75 60 Peoria County, Illinois
--
0.03
--
75 79 60 Pepin County, Wisconsin
0.21
--
--
94 79 60 Perry County, Pennsylvania
--
--
--
94 79 60 Phelps County, Nebraska
--
--
--
93 32 45 Pierce County, North Dakota
0
1.09
0.32
92 79 60 Pierce County, Washington
0.01
--
--
92 77 60 Pima County, Arizona
0.01
0.01
--
72 40 40 Pine County, Minnesota
0.28
0.69
0.4
9 15 60 Pipestone County, Minnesota
4.27
2.75
--
15 13 21 Polk County, Minnesota
3.14
3.19
1.21
64 37 49 Polk County, Wisconsin
0.4
0.78
0.19
18 34 22 Pope County, Minnesota
2.83
0.91
1.19
44 79 60 Presque Isle County, Michigan
0.73
--
--
93 78 60 Prince George's County, Maryland
0
0
--
94 79 60 Putnam County, Florida
--
--
--
93 79 60 Ramsey County, Minnesota
0
--
--
20 17 18 Ramsey County, North Dakota
2.54
2.32
1.46
60 41 29 Ransom County, North Dakota
0.44
0.68
0.81
53 46 34 Richland County, North Dakota
0.54
0.61
0.58
94 77 60 Riverside County, California
--
0.01
--
30 24 12 Roberts County, South Dakota
1.43
1.65
2.15
84 72 60 Rock County, Wisconsin
0.11
0.06
--
33 41 30 Roosevelt County, Montana
1.18
0.68
0.76
94 79 48 Roscommon County, Michigan
--
--
0.2
1 1 1 Roseau County, Minnesota
8.29
8.35
11.41
92 78 60 San Diego County, California
0.01
0
--
94 79 60 San Joaquin County, California
--
--
--
76 56 46 Santa Cruz County, Arizona
0.2
0.32
0.27
94 79 60 Sarasota County, Florida
--
--
--
69 48 60 Scott County, Minnesota
0.34
0.57
--
94 79 60 Skagit County, Washington
--
--
--
86 71 53 Snohomish County, Washington
0.09
0.07
0.11
94 79 60 Somervell County, Texas
--
--
--
92 76 58 Spokane County, Washington
0.01
0.02
0.01
94 79 60 St. Croix County, Wisconsin
--
--
--
82 68 55 St. Louis County, Minnesota
0.13
0.1
0.06
94 79 60 St. Louis County, Missouri
--
--
--
25 22 43 Stark County, North Dakota
1.87
1.73
0.34
88 63 52 Stearns County, Minnesota
0.05
0.19
0.12
94 79 60 Steele County, Minnesota
--
--
--
94 79 60 Stutsman County, North Dakota
--
--
--
48 79 60 Swisher County, Texas
0.62
--
--
32 79 60 Thayer County, Nebraska
1.34
--
--
94 79 60 Towner County, North Dakota
--
--
--
23 18 10 Traill County, North Dakota
2.18
2.3
2.39
34 33 60 Turner County, South Dakota
1.15
1.06
--
54 79 60 Union County, South Dakota
0.53
--
--
89 71 60 Ventura County, California
0.04
0.07
--
28 20 16 Wadena County, Minnesota
1.67
2.03
1.59
17 19 27 Walsh County, North Dakota
2.96
2.29
1
65 54 51 Ward County, North Dakota
0.39
0.35
0.15
89 79 60 Warren County, New York
0.04
--
--
94 53 60 Waseca County, Minnesota
--
0.36
--
94 79 60 Washington County, Maryland
--
--
--
94 79 56 Washington County, Minnesota
--
--
0.05
42 55 60 Watonwan County, Minnesota
0.79
0.33
--
94 79 60 Waukesha County, Wisconsin
--
--
--
94 79 60 Wells County, North Dakota
--
--
--
70 79 60 Wharton County, Texas
0.31
--
--
87 70 48 Whatcom County, Washington
0.08
0.08
0.2
90 75 60 Wichita County, Texas
0.03
0.03
--
94 50 37 Wilkin County, Minnesota
--
0.45
0.45
7 7 13 Williams County, North Dakota
4.5
4.08
2.02
77 79 60 Winnebago County, Iowa
0.19
--
--
71 79 60 Wright County, Iowa
0.3
--
--
74 61 60 Wright County, Minnesota
0.22
0.23
--
68 79 60 Yankton County, South Dakota
0.35
--
--
94 79 47 Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota
--
--
0.22


* 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]