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Washington County, Minnesota

Religious Traditions, 2010

29,174   40,212   64,157 3,699 100,894
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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 9 64,157 269.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 19 33,016 138.6
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
9 9,105 38.2
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 9 6,021 25.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 3,544 14.9
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 3,432 14.4
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 3,134 13.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 2,590 10.9
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 2,280 9.6
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 6 1,463 6.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,420 6.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 1,050 4.4
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 1,039 4.4
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 689 2.9
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 667 2.8
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 610 2.6
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 540 2.3
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 2 361 1.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 2 332 1.4
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 302 1.3
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 1 300 1.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 1 292 1.2
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 204 0.9
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 164 0.7
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 120 0.5
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 113 0.5
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 109 0.5
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 70 0.3
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 38 0.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 36 0.2
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 19 0.1
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 15 0.1
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 1 10 0.0
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 3 --- ---
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Totals: 129 137,242  

The population of Washington County, Minnesota was 238,136 in 2010; in 2000 it was 201,130. The total population changed 18.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (137,242) included 57.6% 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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