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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 -2,319 -51.9%
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +8 --- ---
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +5 +124 +15.0%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +5 +2,420 +83.0%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints +4 +4,572 +193.9%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +2 +1,394 +14.8%
Hutterian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Communal +2 --- ---
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +1 --- ---
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 +208 +34.3%
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +1 --- ---
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +0 --- ---
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +0 --- ---
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 -38 -30.2%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness +0 -1 -0.9%
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist +0 --- ---
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +0 +25 +25.0%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness +0 -31 -48.4%
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist +0 -61 -10.8%
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 -163 -14.6%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness +0 +888 +200.5%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal +0 +42 +31.1%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +0 -492 -27.7%
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran -1 +749 +22.1%
Congregational Christian Churches, Additional (not part of any national CCC body) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -1 -37 -57.8%
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist -1 --- ---
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -1 -109 -54.0%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness -2 -130 -43.2%
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -2 +159 +43.0%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness -2 +418 +78.9%
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist -3 -182 -40.3%
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist -4 --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science -4 --- ---
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -4 -93 -58.5%
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist -4 -683 -11.6%
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -4 -222 -50.5%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist -5 -897 -38.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement -5 +38 +7.6%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism -5 -1,093 -32.4%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness -6 +758 +24.2%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -8 -494 -84.2%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran -11 -3,688 -14.4%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist -14 -1,005 -29.3%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -15 -6,431 -53.8%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -20 -4,084 -42.5%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist -28 -6,514 -27.3%
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism -46 -6,083 -3.5%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran -76 -16,502 -9.2%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Totals: -224 -39,557 -8%

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 638,800 in 1990; in 1980 it was 652,717. The total population changed -2.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (484,628) included 75.9% of the total population in 1990.

* 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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