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Rice County, Minnesota

Religious Traditions, 2010

6,461   12,510   12,337 840 31,994
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
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 6 405 6.3
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 18 0.3
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 6 12,337 192.3
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 184 2.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 98 1.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 131 2.0
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 449 7.0
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 200 3.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 25 0.4
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 960 15.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 327 5.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 295 4.6
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 10 9,230 143.9
Fellowship of Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 ---
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 24 0.4
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 2 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 7 3,570 55.7
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 121 1.9
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 2 312 4.9
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
3 487 7.6
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 72 1.1
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 34 0.5
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 61 1.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 853 13.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 1,955 30.5
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 69 32,148  

The population of Rice County, Minnesota was 64,142 in 2010; in 2000 it was 56,665. The total population changed 13.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (32,148) included 50.1% 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.

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