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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. metro areas 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.

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
1 Albert Lea, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
786
2.51
30 Alpena, MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
24 Ames, IA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
49
0.05
30 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
30 Baraboo, WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
25 Barnstable Town, MA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
88
0.04
29 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, Metropolitan Statistical Area
142
0
14 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
564
0.22
30 Brookings, SD, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
19 Cape Girardeau, MO-IL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
101
0.1
28 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
507
0.01
30 Chico, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
30 Colorado Springs, CO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
22 Coos Bay, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
43
0.07
30 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
28 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
49
0.01
30 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
4 Eau Claire, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
790
0.49
26 Fargo, ND-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
63
0.03
9 Grand Forks, ND-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
348
0.35
28 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
69
0.01
21 Grants Pass, OR, Metropolitan Statistical Area
70
0.08
22 Green Bay, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
206
0.07
16 Hood River, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
31
0.14
29 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
62
0
30 Janesville-Beloit, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
23 Jefferson City, MO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
89
0.06
23 Joplin, MO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
98
0.06
20 Klamath Falls, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
57
0.09
17 Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ, Metropolitan Statistical Area
268
0.13
25 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
239
0.04
29 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
156
0
8 Madison, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
2,154
0.36
2 Mankato-North Mankato, MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
1,517
1.57
12 Marinette, WI-MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
185
0.28
3 Marshall, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
351
1.36
10 Mason City, IA, Micropolitan Statistical Area
171
0.33
26 Medford, OR, Metropolitan Statistical Area
70
0.03
29 Menomonie, WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
0
0
7 Midland, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
320
0.38
23 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
914
0.06
24 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
1,749
0.05
30 Minot, ND, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
23 Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
74
0.06
24 Muskegon, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
88
0.05
23 Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
195
0.06
26 Olympia-Tumwater, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
69
0.03
28 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
120
0.01
26 Oshkosh-Neenah, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
42
0.03
30 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ, Metropolitan Statistical Area
81
0
29 Pittsburgh, PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
22
0
26 Port St. Lucie, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
122
0.03
28 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
180
0.01
30 Rochester, NY, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
19 Roseburg, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
108
0.1
11 Saginaw, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
573
0.29
28 Salt Lake City, UT, Metropolitan Statistical Area
147
0.01
29 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
75
0
30 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
28 Santa Rosa, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
35
0.01
30 Savannah, GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
27 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
640
0.02
13 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
339
0.25
24 Sebring, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
45
0.05
5 Shawano, WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
194
0.42
30 Sioux Falls, SD, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
18 St. Cloud, MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
214
0.11
25 Stevens Point, WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
27
0.04
6 The Dalles, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
98
0.39
24 Toledo, OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area
321
0.05
15 Traverse City, MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
230
0.16
25 Ukiah, CA, Micropolitan Statistical Area
35
0.04
21 Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
135
0.08
24 Wausau, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
61
0.05
30 Yuba City, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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* 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]