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The second-largest Lutheran denomination in the United States was founded in Missouri by German immigrants in 1847. Many of these immigrants had rejected the planned merger of the Lutheran and Reformed churches in Prussia.

Using data from the 1980-2010 Religious Congregations and Membership Studies, this list ranks U.S. states on the highest total number of adherents and the highest percent of the population in the Lutheran Church--Missouri 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 State   [Download CSV]AdherentsPercent
30 Alabama
13,448
0.35
21 Alaska
2,560
0.64
23 Arizona
16,710
0.61
25 Arkansas
12,864
0.54
22 California
148,292
0.63
13 Colorado
46,694
1.62
26 Connecticut
16,204
0.52
31 Delaware
1,998
0.34
32 District Of Columbia
2,024
0.32
19 Florida
58,949
0.73
42 Georgia
7,005
0.13
36 Hawaii
2,351
0.24
14 Idaho
12,753
1.35
8 Illinois
313,425
2.74
12 Indiana
110,408
2.01
4 Iowa
128,244
4.42
9 Kansas
58,218
2.46
40 Kentucky
5,326
0.15
27 Louisiana
20,429
0.49
45 Maine
369
0.03
19 Maryland
30,883
0.73
41 Massachusetts
7,826
0.14
7 Michigan
258,937
2.8
2 Minnesota
220,316
5.41
39 Mississippi
4,344
0.17
6 Missouri
144,829
2.95
11 Montana
16,149
2.05
1 Nebraska
112,593
7.17
22 Nevada
5,020
0.63
38 New Hampshire
1,764
0.19
29 New Jersey
30,401
0.41
28 New Mexico
5,543
0.43
24 New York
102,099
0.58
34 North Carolina
17,451
0.3
5 North Dakota
27,801
4.26
18 Ohio
87,051
0.81
20 Oklahoma
21,906
0.72
15 Oregon
28,537
1.08
37 Pennsylvania
26,596
0.22
42 Rhode Island
1,215
0.13
43 South Carolina
2,146
0.07
3 South Dakota
33,773
4.89
36 Tennessee
11,157
0.24
17 Texas
117,074
0.82
33 Utah
4,480
0.31
44 Vermont
301
0.06
35 Virginia
14,290
0.27
16 Washington
44,126
1.07
45 West Virginia
645
0.03
2 Wisconsin
254,683
5.41
10 Wyoming
10,640
2.27


* 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]