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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
13,237
0.33
22 Alaska
3,404
0.62
21 Arizona
23,708
0.65
23 Arkansas
14,154
0.6
26 California
143,987
0.48
14 Colorado
47,262
1.43
27 Connecticut
15,206
0.46
30 Delaware
2,172
0.33
35 District Of Columbia
1,156
0.19
24 Florida
67,645
0.52
39 Georgia
8,997
0.14
36 Hawaii
1,852
0.17
15 Idaho
13,303
1.32
9 Illinois
295,820
2.59
13 Indiana
109,895
1.98
5 Iowa
124,021
4.47
10 Kansas
63,145
2.55
38 Kentucky
5,637
0.15
28 Louisiana
19,102
0.45
42 Maine
490
0.04
20 Maryland
31,393
0.66
40 Massachusetts
7,053
0.12
8 Michigan
250,141
2.69
3 Minnesota
215,564
4.93
37 Mississippi
4,183
0.16
7 Missouri
145,741
2.85
12 Montana
16,172
2.02
1 Nebraska
114,944
7.28
24 Nevada
6,219
0.52
36 New Hampshire
1,908
0.17
30 New Jersey
25,387
0.33
29 New Mexico
6,604
0.44
25 New York
90,837
0.5
31 North Carolina
19,275
0.29
6 North Dakota
25,691
4.02
19 Ohio
83,336
0.77
19 Oklahoma
24,303
0.77
16 Oregon
26,159
0.92
34 Pennsylvania
23,850
0.2
39 Rhode Island
1,415
0.14
41 South Carolina
3,026
0.09
4 South Dakota
32,968
4.74
31 Tennessee
13,981
0.29
18 Texas
134,280
0.79
33 Utah
4,547
0.26
41 Vermont
494
0.09
32 Virginia
17,413
0.28
17 Washington
41,916
0.86
42 West Virginia
628
0.04
2 Wisconsin
248,876
5.09
11 Wyoming
11,228
2.48


* 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]