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The Association of Free Lutheran Congregations was founded in 1962 by Rev. John P. Strand and others who rejected the merger of the Lutheran Free Church into the American Lutheran Church.

Using data from the 1980-2010 Religious Congregations and Membership Studies, this list ranks U.S. counties on the highest total number of adherents and the highest percent of the population in the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations. 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

Ranking County   [Download CSV]AdherentsPercent
88 Aitkin County, Minnesota
8
0.05
26 Alger County, Michigan
180
1.83
84 Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
1,361
0.11
88 Anoka County, Minnesota
147
0.05
93 Arapahoe County, Colorado
0
0
82 Atascosa County, Texas
50
0.13
89 Baldwin County, Alabama
60
0.04
94 Baraga County, Michigan
--
--
8 Barnes County, North Dakota
514
4.37
52 Barron County, Wisconsin
249
0.55
94 Bastrop County, Texas
--
--
94 Baxter County, Arkansas
--
--
50 Bayfield County, Wisconsin
90
0.6
94 Beaver County, Pennsylvania
--
--
94 Beaverhead County, Montana
--
--
51 Becker County, Minnesota
170
0.57
71 Beltrami County, Minnesota
119
0.3
16 Benson County, North Dakota
208
2.99
94 Berks County, Pennsylvania
--
--
5 Big Stone County, Minnesota
285
4.9
77 Blue Earth County, Minnesota
107
0.19
82 Boone County, Indiana
62
0.13
93 Bosque County, Texas
0
0
92 Brevard County, Florida
24
0.01
94 Bristol County, Massachusetts
--
--
27 Brookings County, South Dakota
486
1.72
87 Brown County, South Dakota
30
0.08
10 Brule County, South Dakota
223
4.16
78 Bryan County, Oklahoma
64
0.18
50 Buchanan County, Iowa
127
0.6
89 Burleigh County, North Dakota
25
0.04
93 Butler County, Pennsylvania
0
0
94 Cameron County, Texas
--
--
19 Carlton County, Minnesota
814
2.57
76 Cass County, North Dakota
252
0.2
94 Cavalier County, North Dakota
--
--
94 Cedar County, Nebraska
--
--
94 Champaign County, Illinois
--
--
94 Cheyenne County, Kansas
--
--
63 Chisago County, Minnesota
168
0.41
94 Clark County, Washington
--
--
57 Clatsop County, Oregon
166
0.47
56 Clay County, Minnesota
262
0.51
3 Clearwater County, Minnesota
536
6.36
62 Clinton County, Iowa
213
0.42
49 Codington County, South Dakota
157
0.61
93 Cook County, Illinois
55
0
36 Cottonwood County, Minnesota
125
1.03
94 Crow Wing County, Minnesota
--
--
94 Curry County, Oregon
--
--
93 Cuyahoga County, Ohio
30
0
83 Dakota County, Minnesota
441
0.12
94 Dallas County, Alabama
--
--
94 Dane County, Wisconsin
--
--
94 Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
--
--
94 Davison County, South Dakota
--
--
37 Day County, South Dakota
60
0.96
81 DeKalb County, Illinois
125
0.14
85 Delta County, Michigan
38
0.1
39 Dewey County, South Dakota
53
0.89
94 Dickinson County, Michigan
--
--
72 Dodge County, Minnesota
50
0.28
87 Douglas County, Colorado
139
0.08
46 Douglas County, Minnesota
226
0.69
88 Douglas County, Nebraska
250
0.05
94 Douglas County, South Dakota
--
--
87 Douglas County, Wisconsin
36
0.08
94 Dunn County, North Dakota
--
--
80 Dunn County, Wisconsin
60
0.15
94 DuPage County, Illinois
--
--
94 Faribault County, Minnesota
--
--
94 Finney County, Kansas
--
--
63 Flathead County, Montana
302
0.41
94 Ford County, Illinois
--
--
94 Franklin County, Ohio
--
--
94 Gibson County, Tennessee
--
--
94 Gogebic County, Michigan
--
--
34 Goodhue County, Minnesota
509
1.15
43 Grand Forks County, North Dakota
486
0.74
94 Grant County, North Dakota
--
--
79 Grant County, Wisconsin
84
0.17
55 Green County, Wisconsin
175
0.52
89 Greene County, Missouri
90
0.04
11 Griggs County, North Dakota
110
3.99
24 Grundy County, Illinois
751
2
47 Hamilton County, Iowa
108
0.66
35 Hardin County, Iowa
208
1.11
2 Harding County, South Dakota
103
7.61
93 Harris County, Texas
41
0
81 Hennepin County, Minnesota
1,512
0.14
94 Hettinger County, North Dakota
--
--
92 Hidalgo County, Texas
62
0.01
70 Houghton County, Michigan
113
0.31
57 Howard County, Nebraska
31
0.47
31 Hutchinson County, South Dakota
110
1.36
94 Iowa County, Wisconsin
--
--
38 Iroquois County, Illinois
295
0.94
88 Isanti County, Minnesota
16
0.05
14 Jefferson County, Nebraska
305
3.66
94 Kanabec County, Minnesota
--
--
45 Kandiyohi County, Minnesota
296
0.72
73 Kay County, Oklahoma
123
0.26
16 Kendall County, Illinois
1,630
2.99
94 Kern County, California
--
--
92 King County, Washington
223
0.01
22 Kingsbury County, South Dakota
135
2.32
21 Koochiching County, Minnesota
360
2.51
84 La Crosse County, Wisconsin
117
0.11
94 Lafayette County, Wisconsin
--
--
94 Lake County, South Dakota
--
--
92 Lane County, Oregon
30
0.01
89 Larimer County, Colorado
91
0.04
41 LaSalle County, Illinois
887
0.8
94 Licking County, Ohio
--
--
94 Lincoln County, Minnesota
--
--
62 Lincoln County, South Dakota
102
0.42
57 Logan County, Illinois
146
0.47
93 Los Angeles County, California
20
0
93 Mahoning County, Ohio
0
0
93 Maricopa County, Arizona
52
0
92 Marion County, Indiana
121
0.01
70 Marquette County, Michigan
201
0.31
6 Marshall County, Minnesota
465
4.58
40 Marshall County, South Dakota
39
0.85
58 Massac County, Illinois
70
0.46
63 Meade County, South Dakota
100
0.41
61 Mercer County, North Dakota
37
0.43
93 Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
15
0
66 Minnehaha County, South Dakota
550
0.37
94 Monterey County, California
--
--
94 Morgan County, Missouri
--
--
75 Morrison County, Minnesota
68
0.21
4 Mountrail County, North Dakota
331
4.99
76 Mower County, Minnesota
77
0.2
94 Nassau County, New York
--
--
13 Nelson County, North Dakota
143
3.85
94 Norman County, Minnesota
--
--
91 Oklahoma County, Oklahoma
113
0.02
59 Ontonagon County, Michigan
35
0.45
94 Orange County, California
--
--
29 Otter Tail County, Minnesota
936
1.64
67 Pembina County, North Dakota
31
0.36
94 Pend Oreille County, Washington
--
--
12 Pennington County, Minnesota
538
3.96
94 Peoria County, Illinois
--
--
75 Pepin County, Wisconsin
15
0.21
94 Perry County, Pennsylvania
--
--
94 Phelps County, Nebraska
--
--
93 Pierce County, North Dakota
0
0
92 Pierce County, Washington
100
0.01
92 Pima County, Arizona
83
0.01
72 Pine County, Minnesota
74
0.28
9 Pipestone County, Minnesota
423
4.27
15 Polk County, Minnesota
985
3.14
64 Polk County, Wisconsin
165
0.4
18 Pope County, Minnesota
318
2.83
44 Presque Isle County, Michigan
105
0.73
93 Prince George's County, Maryland
38
0
94 Putnam County, Florida
--
--
93 Ramsey County, Minnesota
18
0
20 Ramsey County, North Dakota
307
2.54
60 Ransom County, North Dakota
26
0.44
53 Richland County, North Dakota
98
0.54
94 Riverside County, California
--
--
30 Roberts County, South Dakota
143
1.43
84 Rock County, Wisconsin
165
0.11
33 Roosevelt County, Montana
125
1.18
94 Roscommon County, Michigan
--
--
1 Roseau County, Minnesota
1,355
8.29
92 San Diego County, California
248
0.01
94 San Joaquin County, California
--
--
76 Santa Cruz County, Arizona
75
0.2
94 Sarasota County, Florida
--
--
69 Scott County, Minnesota
303
0.34
94 Skagit County, Washington
--
--
86 Snohomish County, Washington
547
0.09
94 Somervell County, Texas
--
--
92 Spokane County, Washington
55
0.01
94 St. Croix County, Wisconsin
--
--
82 St. Louis County, Minnesota
252
0.13
94 St. Louis County, Missouri
--
--
25 Stark County, North Dakota
423
1.87
88 Stearns County, Minnesota
62
0.05
94 Steele County, Minnesota
--
--
94 Stutsman County, North Dakota
--
--
48 Swisher County, Texas
52
0.62
32 Thayer County, Nebraska
81
1.34
94 Towner County, North Dakota
--
--
23 Traill County, North Dakota
185
2.18
34 Turner County, South Dakota
102
1.15
54 Union County, South Dakota
67
0.53
89 Ventura County, California
292
0.04
28 Wadena County, Minnesota
229
1.67
17 Walsh County, North Dakota
367
2.96
65 Ward County, North Dakota
229
0.39
89 Warren County, New York
28
0.04
94 Waseca County, Minnesota
--
--
94 Washington County, Maryland
--
--
94 Washington County, Minnesota
--
--
42 Watonwan County, Minnesota
94
0.79
94 Waukesha County, Wisconsin
--
--
94 Wells County, North Dakota
--
--
70 Wharton County, Texas
126
0.31
87 Whatcom County, Washington
140
0.08
90 Wichita County, Texas
37
0.03
94 Wilkin County, Minnesota
--
--
7 Williams County, North Dakota
889
4.5
77 Winnebago County, Iowa
22
0.19
71 Wright County, Iowa
43
0.3
74 Wright County, Minnesota
194
0.22
68 Yankton County, South Dakota
75
0.35
94 Yellow Medicine County, Minnesota
--
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* 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]