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Clay County, Minnesota

Religious Traditions, 2010

8,055   17,959   9,900 24 23,061
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational adherents include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The 2010 reports contain incomplete counts of congregations and adherents belonging to the eight largest historically African-American denominations. These denominations are not included in the 2000 reports and are largely missing from the 1990 and 1980 reports.
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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 22 16,160 273.9
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 11 9,900 167.8
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 3,083 52.3
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 2,008 34.0
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 1,280 21.7
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 768 13.0
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
5 437 7.4
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 418 7.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 348 5.9
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 333 5.6
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 326 5.5
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 265 4.5
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 167 2.8
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 141 2.4
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 90 1.5
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 67 1.1
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 63 1.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 44 0.7
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 24 0.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 16 0.3
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Hutterian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Communal 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Totals: 74 35,938  

The population of Clay County, Minnesota was 58,999 in 2010; in 2000 it was 51,229. The total population changed 15.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (35,938) included 60.9% of the total population in 2010.

* 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 the Catholic Church, 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 for those who are interested in these trends.


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]

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2010 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of 7.6 in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that about 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County were Episcopalian.