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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.

Complete List

Rank
2010
Rank
1990
Rank
1980
Metro Area   [Download CSV]
Percent
2010
Percent
1990
Percent
1980
1 1 1 Albert Lea, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
2.51
2.1
2.99
30 20 22 Alpena, MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
0.11
0.06
24 21 19 Ames, IA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.05
0.09
0.09
30 29 29 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
0
--
30 30 12 Baraboo, WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
0.31
25 23 22 Barnstable Town, MA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.04
0.06
0.06
29 29 28 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0
0
0
14 13 14 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.22
0.24
0.21
30 30 21 Brookings, SD, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
0.07
19 14 29 Cape Girardeau, MO-IL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.1
0.22
--
28 29 27 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.01
0
0.01
30 29 29 Chico, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
0
--
30 28 26 Colorado Springs, CO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
0.01
0.02
22 30 29 Coos Bay, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
0.07
--
--
30 29 28 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
0
0
28 30 29 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.01
--
--
30 28 29 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
0.01
--
4 3 4 Eau Claire, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.49
1.1
1.03
26 16 13 Fargo, ND-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.03
0.2
0.25
9 8 8 Grand Forks, ND-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.35
0.45
0.58
28 30 29 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.01
--
--
21 21 29 Grants Pass, OR, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.08
0.09
--
22 30 29 Green Bay, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.07
--
--
16 11 29 Hood River, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
0.14
0.33
--
29 29 29 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0
0
--
30 27 29 Janesville-Beloit, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
0.02
--
23 25 29 Jefferson City, MO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.06
0.04
--
23 30 29 Joplin, MO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.06
--
--
20 18 29 Klamath Falls, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
0.09
0.16
--
17 15 21 Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.13
0.21
0.07
25 26 29 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.04
0.03
--
29 29 28 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0
0
0
8 4 6 Madison, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.36
0.57
0.7
2 3 3 Mankato-North Mankato, MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
1.57
1.1
1.06
12 6 7 Marinette, WI-MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
0.28
0.48
0.6
3 2 2 Marshall, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
1.36
1.74
1.76
10 4 5 Mason City, IA, Micropolitan Statistical Area
0.33
0.57
0.82
26 30 29 Medford, OR, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.03
--
--
29 30 29 Menomonie, WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
0
--
--
7 9 11 Midland, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.38
0.4
0.32
23 23 23 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.06
0.06
0.05
24 22 20 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.05
0.07
0.08
30 30 20 Minot, ND, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
0.08
23 22 24 Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.06
0.07
0.04
24 12 15 Muskegon, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.05
0.25
0.15
23 20 16 Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.06
0.11
0.13
26 21 19 Olympia-Tumwater, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.03
0.09
0.09
28 30 29 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.01
--
--
26 30 29 Oshkosh-Neenah, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.03
--
--
30 28 25 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
0.01
0.03
29 29 29 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0
0
--
29 30 29 Pittsburgh, PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0
--
--
26 24 29 Port St. Lucie, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.03
0.05
--
28 29 29 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.01
0
--
30 30 27 Rochester, NY, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
0.01
19 17 13 Roseburg, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
0.1
0.19
0.25
11 20 29 Saginaw, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.29
0.11
--
28 30 29 Salt Lake City, UT, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.01
--
--
29 28 27 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0
0.01
0.01
30 28 29 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
0.01
--
28 28 29 Santa Rosa, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.01
0.01
--
30 27 27 Savannah, GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
0.02
0.01
27 27 25 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.02
0.02
0.03
13 5 9 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.25
0.49
0.5
24 30 29 Sebring, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.05
--
--
5 7 10 Shawano, WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
0.42
0.46
0.44
30 23 18 Sioux Falls, SD, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
0.06
0.11
18 30 29 St. Cloud, MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.11
--
--
25 25 20 Stevens Point, WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
0.04
0.04
0.08
6 10 29 The Dalles, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
0.39
0.37
--
24 22 29 Toledo, OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.05
0.07
--
15 20 17 Traverse City, MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
0.16
0.11
0.12
25 30 29 Ukiah, CA, Micropolitan Statistical Area
0.04
--
--
21 22 19 Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.08
0.07
0.09
24 19 17 Wausau, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.05
0.14
0.12
30 24 29 Yuba City, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
0.05
--


* 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]