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Ward County, North Dakota

Religious Traditions, 2010

8,623   11,368 60 11,445 1,201 28,978
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 9,109 147.7
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 10 11,445 185.6
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
8 676 11.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 1,175 19.1
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 392 6.4
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 2,655 43.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 1,135 18.4
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 410 6.6
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 269 4.4
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 394 6.4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 1,152 18.7
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 346 5.6
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 74 1.2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 48 0.8
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 1,302 21.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 1 210 3.4
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 86 1.4
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 150 2.4
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 246 4.0
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 20 0.3
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 515 8.4
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 60 1.0
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 26 0.4
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 241 3.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 181 2.9
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 81 1.3
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 258 4.2
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 12 0.2
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 29 0.5
Totals: 89 32,697  

The population of Ward County, North Dakota was 61,675 in 2010; in 2000 it was 58,795. The total population changed 4.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (32,697) included 53.0% 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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