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Religious Traditions, 2010

78,607   196,839 120 167,349 8,541 221,135
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 % Change
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +19 -1,071 -33.2%
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +17 --- ---
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +11 +4,315 +422.6%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +4 +3,431 +46.3%
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +2 --- ---
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +2 +75 +10.1%
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +1 +1,070 +597.8%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 +66 +7.4%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 -73 -45.3%
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +0 +68 +119.3%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist +0 --- ---
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 -25 -33.8%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness +0 -611 -31.5%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal +0 +48 +37.2%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +0 -613 -32.3%
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran -1 --- ---
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness -1 -256 -60.0%
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist -1 --- ---
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness -1 -222 -87.1%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -2 +83 +9.5%
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist -2 -314 -38.5%
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran -3 +2,546 +159.9%
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist -3 -372 -57.9%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist -4 -1,034 -41.4%
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist -4 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness -4 -489 -82.3%
Evangelical Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness -4 --- ---
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -4 -287 -56.8%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints -5 +5,742 +483.3%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement -5 +35 +7.0%
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist -6 -272 -5.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness -9 +1,203 +44.7%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism -10 -1,620 -41.5%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran -15 -5,798 -20.9%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist -16 -1,674 -40.9%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -19 -9,080 -62.2%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -25 -5,498 -49.8%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist -45 -9,623 -35.7%
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism -57 -6,697 -3.8%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran -127 -15,417 -8.6%
Totals: -316 -42,364 -9%

The population of North Dakota was 672,591 in 2010; in 2000 it was 642,200. The total population changed 4.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (451,456) included 67.1% of the total population in 2010.

The population of North Dakota was 652,717 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (482,574) included 73.9% of the total population in 1980.

* 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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