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North Dakota

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 Adherence Rate
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 539 178,626 273.7
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 292 174,046 266.6
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 100 27,801 42.6
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 156 26,959 41.3
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 73 14,609 22.4
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 75 11,033 16.9
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 61 7,407 11.3
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 36 5,492 8.4
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 45 4,096 6.3
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 29 3,899 6.0
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 18 3,222 4.9
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 26 2,806 4.3
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 32 2,693 4.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 18 2,496 3.8
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 1,942 3.0
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 12 1,896 2.9
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 17 1,592 2.4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 21 1,188 1.8
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 17 1,021 1.6
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 887 1.4
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 18 870 1.3
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 816 1.3
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 739 1.1
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 642 1.0
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 594 0.9
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 505 0.8
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 12 503 0.8
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 427 0.7
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 381 0.6
Evangelical Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 369 0.6
Mennonite Church, The General Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 327 0.5
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 292 0.4
Jewish Other Judaism 2 269 0.4
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 261 0.4
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 255 0.4
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 214 0.3
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 210 0.3
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 179 0.3
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 5 165 0.3
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 161 0.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 3 133 0.2
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 129 0.2
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 94 0.1
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 86 0.1
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 86 0.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 74 0.1
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 57 0.1
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 0 20 0.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 5 0.0
Totals: 1,695 482,574  

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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