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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. metro areas 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.

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.

[ More information on the data source ]

Complete List

Ranking Metro Area   [Download CSV]AdherentsPercent
11 Albert Lea, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
33
0.1
21 Albuquerque, NM, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
10 Alpena, MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
34
0.11
2 Ames, IA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
402
0.54
21 Appleton, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
21 Bakersfield, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
20 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD, Metropolitan Statistical Area
65
0
5 Bemidji, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
88
0.26
8 Big Rapids, MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
52
0.14
12 Billings, MT, Metropolitan Statistical Area
116
0.09
21 Bismarck, ND, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
21 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
21 Cape Girardeau, MO-IL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
19 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
1,045
0.01
21 Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
13 Corvallis, OR, Metropolitan Statistical Area
60
0.08
9 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
427
0.12
21 Dayton, OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
21 Defiance, OH, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
21 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
19 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
242
0.01
21 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
5 Duluth, MN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
687
0.26
3 Eau Claire, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
550
0.4
21 Fayetteville, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
7 Fergus Falls, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
81
0.16
21 Gillette, WY, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
6 Grand Forks, ND-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
251
0.24
21 Hays, KS, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
18 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
351
0.02
21 Iowa City, IA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
14 Janesville-Beloit, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
94
0.07
20 Kansas City, MO-KS, Metropolitan Statistical Area
28
0
19 Lancaster, PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
42
0.01
21 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
21 Lincoln, NE, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
19 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
882
0.01
2 Marinette, WI-MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
355
0.54
17 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
848
0.03
10 Minot, ND, Micropolitan Statistical Area
77
0.11
17 Modesto, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
126
0.03
20 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
169
0
13 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
572
0.08
19 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
142
0.01
20 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD, Metropolitan Statistical Area
37
0
20 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ, Metropolitan Statistical Area
10
0
16 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
631
0.04
13 Red Wing, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
31
0.08
14 Rochester, MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
122
0.07
21 Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
15 Salem, OR, Metropolitan Statistical Area
142
0.05
21 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
18 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
39
0.02
20 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
68
0
21 Sebring, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
21 Show Low, AZ, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
19 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area
195
0.01
21 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
4 Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
424
0.27
1 Williston, ND, Micropolitan Statistical Area
1,461
6.91
11 Yuba City, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
126
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]