Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
U.S. Membership Data
The following tables and charts provide U.S. membership data for Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod available on the ARDA.
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Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Members*

Year Members
2009 389,545
2008 390,213
2007 394,241
2006 395,947
2005 398,282
2004 400,858
2003 400,622
2002 403,345
2001 401,615
2000 721,665

* Presented are the last 10 years of membership data we have available (2000 - 2010). From 2000 to 2010 Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod declined by 336344 members, a decrease of approximately 87.3%.

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Top Five Counties by Membership (2010)

  Members Members
(per 1,000)
Milwaukee County, WI
20,416
21.54
Jefferson County, WI
16,006
191.26
Waukesha County, WI
15,533
39.84
Outagamie County, WI
12,851
72.73
Manitowoc County, WI
9,664
118.66

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Membership by State (2010)*

* This map displays the number of people per 1,000 that are members of Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Hover the mouse over states to see values.

Darker colors = higher rates. For example, in Wisconsin, 34.93 out of every 1,000 people are Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod members. Click here to view a ranked list of all states (opens in new tab).


Top Five States by Membership (2010)

  Members Members
(per 1,000)
Wisconsin
198,667
34.93
Minnesota
49,966
9.42
Michigan
37,365
3.78
Arizona
12,760
2.00
Illinois
9,143
0.71

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Top Five Metro Areas by Membership (2010)

  Members Members
(per 1,000)
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
48,027
30.87
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
20,981
6.27
Watertown-Fort Atkinson, WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
16,006
191.26
Appleton, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
14,826
65.70
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
11,111
1.17

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Data Sources

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Members:
Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR).

Membership by State Map and all other tables:
2000 and 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 ASARB.

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