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The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (1988) continues several varied streams of Lutheran church life introduced to America during the Colonial era. The ELCA was formally constituted in 1988 as a merger of the Lutheran Church in America, the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches and the American Lutheran Church.

Using data from the 1980-2010 Religious Congregations and Membership Studies, this list ranks U.S. states on the highest total number of adherents and the highest percent of the population in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. You can sort the list by clicking on the column headings.

Congregational "Adherents" include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. "Percent" is the percentage of the total population that belongs to that denomination. Note: Adherents are sometimes residents of a county different than the location of their congregation.

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Complete List

RankingState   [Download CSV]AdherentsPercent
1 North Dakota
179,711
28.13
2 Minnesota
823,372
18.82
3 South Dakota
114,690
16.48
4 Iowa
265,423
9.56
5 Wisconsin
460,168
9.41
6 Nebraska
128,667
8.15
7 Montana
49,106
6.15
8 Pennsylvania
682,111
5.74
9 Ohio
320,021
2.95
10 Washington
132,528
2.72
11 Illinois
296,968
2.6
12 Maryland
106,188
2.22
13 Wyoming
9,088
2
14 Colorado
61,668
1.87
15 Kansas
45,138
1.82
16 Michigan
167,598
1.8
17 Alaska
9,690
1.76
17 South Carolina
61,489
1.76
18 Oregon
48,958
1.72
19 Arizona
54,473
1.49
20 Indiana
78,727
1.42
21 North Carolina
87,815
1.32
22 Idaho
12,711
1.26
23 New Jersey
86,825
1.12
24 Connecticut
35,537
1.08
25 New York
187,551
1.04
25 Virginia
64,337
1.04
26 Delaware
6,780
1.02
27 Texas
155,276
0.91
28 West Virginia
14,845
0.83
29 New Mexico
11,378
0.75
30 District Of Columbia
4,353
0.72
30 Florida
92,732
0.72
31 Nevada
8,197
0.68
32 California
193,389
0.65
33 Missouri
28,958
0.57
34 Rhode Island
5,500
0.55
35 Georgia
32,447
0.5
36 Massachusetts
28,269
0.47
37 Hawaii
3,944
0.36
37 Oklahoma
11,186
0.36
38 Maine
4,149
0.34
39 Tennessee
16,085
0.33
40 Utah
5,111
0.3
41 New Hampshire
3,211
0.29
42 Kentucky
10,383
0.28
43 Vermont
1,522
0.27
44 Arkansas
5,178
0.22
45 Alabama
5,436
0.13
45 Louisiana
5,647
0.13
46 Mississippi
2,264
0.09


* 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 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 www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

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]




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