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La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

19,651   26,630 100 33,048 1,500 52,736
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 17 33,048 247.2
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 22 20,501 153.4
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 15 9,175 68.6
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 2,720 20.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 2,542 19.0
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
13 2,156 16.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 1,533 11.5
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,522 11.4
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 1,400 10.5
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 1,128 8.4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 792 5.9
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 570 4.3
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 444 3.3
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 377 2.8
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 354 2.6
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 308 2.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 286 2.1
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 263 2.0
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 251 1.9
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 201 1.5
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 165 1.2
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 138 1.0
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 128 1.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 122 0.9
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 116 0.9
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 1 103 0.8
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 100 0.7
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 96 0.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 95 0.7
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 84 0.6
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 62 0.5
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 57 0.4
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 41 0.3
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 23 0.2
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 1 14 0.1
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 14 0.1
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 2 --- ---
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 144 80,929  

The population of the La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 133,665 in 2010; in 2000 it was 126,838. The total population changed 5.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (80,929) included 60.5% of the total population in 2010.

La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 2 counties: Houston County, Minnesota, La Crosse County, Wisconsin.

* 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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