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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. metro areas 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.

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 Metro Area   [Download CSV]AdherentsPercent
30 Aberdeen, SD, Micropolitan Statistical Area
30
0.08
8 Alexandria, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
226
0.69
11 Astoria, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
166
0.47
22 Austin, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
77
0.2
38 Austin-Round Rock, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
38 Bakersfield, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
30 Bellingham, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
140
0.08
19 Bemidji, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
119
0.3
35 Bismarck, ND, Metropolitan Statistical Area
25
0.02
38 Brainerd, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
38 Brookings, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
3 Brookings, SD, Micropolitan Statistical Area
486
1.72
38 Brownsville-Harlingen, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
38 Champaign-Urbana, IL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
34 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
2,561
0.03
37 Cleveland-Elyria, OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area
30
0
12 Clinton, IA, Micropolitan Statistical Area
213
0.42
38 Columbus, OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
38 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
33 Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
60
0.04
36 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
139
0.01
2 Dickinson, ND, Micropolitan Statistical Area
423
1.87
14 Duluth, MN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
1,102
0.4
23 Durant, OK, Micropolitan Statistical Area
64
0.18
18 El Campo, TX, Micropolitan Statistical Area
126
0.31
28 Escanaba, MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
38
0.1
36 Eugene, OR, Metropolitan Statistical Area
30
0.01
20 Fargo, ND-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
514
0.29
4 Fergus Falls, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
936
1.64
33 Fort Collins, CO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
91
0.04
38 Garden City, KS, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
35 Glens Falls, NY, Metropolitan Statistical Area
28
0.02
5 Grand Forks, ND-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
1,471
1.51
33 Grand Island, NE, Metropolitan Statistical Area
31
0.04
38 Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
38 Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
20 Houghton, MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
113
0.29
37 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
41
0
36 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
183
0.01
38 Iron Mountain, MI-WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
38 Jamestown, ND, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
27 Janesville-Beloit, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
165
0.11
13 Kalispell, MT, Micropolitan Statistical Area
302
0.41
29 La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
117
0.09
11 Lincoln, IL, Micropolitan Statistical Area
146
0.47
37 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
20
0
34 Madison, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
175
0.03
26 Mankato-North Mankato, MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
107
0.12
18 Marquette, MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
201
0.31
36 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
62
0.01
25 Menomonie, WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
60
0.15
37 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
15
0
29 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
2,799
0.09
17 Minot, ND, Micropolitan Statistical Area
229
0.34
38 Mitchell, SD, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
38 Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
38 Mountain Home, AR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
38 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
22 Nogales, AZ, Micropolitan Statistical Area
75
0.2
38 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
36 Oklahoma City, OK, Metropolitan Statistical Area
113
0.01
34 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
250
0.03
10 Ottawa-Peru, IL, Micropolitan Statistical Area
887
0.58
38 Owatonna, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
33 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
292
0.04
31 Paducah, KY-IL, Micropolitan Statistical Area
70
0.07
38 Palatka, FL, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
36 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
24
0.01
38 Peoria, IL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
37 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ, Metropolitan Statistical Area
52
0
32 Pittsburgh, PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
1,361
0.06
24 Platteville, WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
84
0.17
21 Ponca City, OK, Micropolitan Statistical Area
123
0.26
38 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
38 Providence-Warwick, RI-MA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
30 Rapid City, SD, Metropolitan Statistical Area
100
0.08
38 Reading, PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
6 Red Wing, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
509
1.15
38 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
34 Rochester, MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
50
0.03
38 Salinas, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
37 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
50
0
36 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
248
0.01
34 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
870
0.03
38 Selma, AL, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
33 Sioux City, IA-NE-SD, Metropolitan Statistical Area
67
0.04
14 Sioux Falls, SD, Metropolitan Statistical Area
754
0.4
36 Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
55
0.01
35 Springfield, MO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
90
0.02
33 St. Cloud, MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
62
0.04
38 St. Louis, MO-IL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
38 Stockton-Lodi, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
36 Tucson, AZ, Metropolitan Statistical Area
83
0.01
15 Wahpeton, ND-MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
98
0.39
37 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, Metropolitan Statistical Area
38
0
9 Watertown, SD, Micropolitan Statistical Area
157
0.61
35 Wichita Falls, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
37
0.02
1 Williston, ND, Micropolitan Statistical Area
889
4.5
7 Willmar, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
296
0.72
16 Yankton, SD, Micropolitan Statistical Area
75
0.35
37 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0
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]