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The Evangelical Lutheran Synod was formed at Lake Mills, Iowa, in 1918 by a group of forty pastors and laymen who declined to enter the merger of other Norwegian Lutherans, deciding instead to establish an independent synod. The name Norwegian Synod of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church was adopted. The present name was assumed in 1957.

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 Evangelical Lutheran Synod. 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
29 Allamakee County, Iowa
50
0.35
54 Alpena County, Michigan
--
--
54 Ashland County, Wisconsin
--
--
49 Barnstable County, Massachusetts
88
0.04
28 Becker County, Minnesota
118
0.36
53 Bexar County, Texas
75
0
43 Black Hawk County, Iowa
135
0.1
9 Blue Earth County, Minnesota
943
1.47
54 Boone County, Nebraska
--
--
54 Brookings County, South Dakota
--
--
45 Brown County, Wisconsin
206
0.08
54 Bryan County, Georgia
--
--
21 Butler County, Iowa
70
0.47
54 Butte County, California
--
--
40 Cape Girardeau County, Missouri
101
0.13
37 Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
69
0.16
36 Charlevoix County, Michigan
50
0.19
54 Chatham County, Georgia
--
--
3 Chickasaw County, Iowa
385
3.1
24 Chippewa County, Minnesota
53
0.43
40 Chippewa County, Wisconsin
82
0.13
42 Clay County, Minnesota
63
0.11
7 Clearwater County, Minnesota
136
1.56
54 Cobb County, Georgia
--
--
41 Cole County, Missouri
89
0.12
47 Collier County, Florida
195
0.06
44 Columbia County, Oregon
42
0.09
35 Columbia County, Wisconsin
123
0.22
54 Cook County, Illinois
--
--
46 Coos County, Oregon
43
0.07
46 Dakota County, Minnesota
293
0.07
54 Dallas County, Texas
--
--
25 Dane County, Wisconsin
2,031
0.42
43 Douglas County, Oregon
108
0.1
53 Dunn County, Wisconsin
0
0
51 DuPage County, Illinois
166
0.02
17 Eau Claire County, Wisconsin
708
0.72
54 El Paso County, Colorado
--
--
5 Freeborn County, Minnesota
786
2.51
49 Hendricks County, Indiana
62
0.04
45 Hennepin County, Minnesota
907
0.08
8 Henry County, Ohio
427
1.51
48 Highlands County, Florida
45
0.05
39 Hood River County, Oregon
31
0.14
33 Indian River County, Florida
339
0.25
38 Inyo County, California
27
0.15
50 Jackson County, Oregon
70
0.03
45 Jasper County, Missouri
98
0.08
45 Josephine County, Oregon
70
0.08
35 Kitsap County, Washington
564
0.22
44 Klamath County, Oregon
57
0.09
49 Lake County, Indiana
221
0.04
15 Leelanau County, Michigan
230
1.06
53 Los Angeles County, California
49
0
11 Lyon County, Minnesota
351
1.36
54 Macomb County, Michigan
--
--
48 Marathon County, Wisconsin
61
0.05
53 Maricopa County, Arizona
81
0
23 Marinette County, Wisconsin
185
0.44
20 Marshall County, Minnesota
58
0.61
54 Martin County, Florida
--
--
49 Mendocino County, California
35
0.04
52 Middlesex County, Massachusetts
142
0.01
27 Midland County, Michigan
320
0.38
16 Mille Lacs County, Minnesota
246
0.94
54 Minnehaha County, South Dakota
--
--
40 Mitchell County, Iowa
14
0.13
40 Mohave County, Arizona
268
0.13
54 Monroe County, New York
--
--
18 Montmorency County, Michigan
67
0.69
51 Multnomah County, Oregon
138
0.02
48 Muskegon County, Michigan
88
0.05
54 Nance County, Nebraska
--
--
6 Nicollet County, Minnesota
574
1.75
54 Oceana County, Michigan
--
--
53 Orange County, California
107
0
49 Osceola County, Florida
120
0.04
50 Ottawa County, Michigan
69
0.03
45 Pierce County, Washington
640
0.08
54 Pipestone County, Minnesota
--
--
49 Polk County, Florida
239
0.04
14 Polk County, Minnesota
348
1.1
49 Portage County, Wisconsin
27
0.04
46 Porter County, Indiana
120
0.07
13 Presque Isle County, Michigan
154
1.15
1 Red Lake County, Minnesota
147
3.6
10 Redwood County, Minnesota
229
1.43
4 Rock County, Minnesota
273
2.82
54 Rock County, Wisconsin
--
--
45 Roseau County, Minnesota
12
0.08
31 Saginaw County, Michigan
573
0.29
52 Salt Lake County, Utah
147
0.01
54 San Diego County, California
--
--
54 Sauk County, Wisconsin
--
--
22 Shawano County, Wisconsin
194
0.46
34 Sherburne County, Minnesota
204
0.23
19 Sibley County, Minnesota
99
0.65
47 Skagit County, Washington
74
0.06
52 Sonoma County, California
35
0.01
49 St. Lucie County, Florida
122
0.04
39 Stearns County, Minnesota
214
0.14
48 Story County, Iowa
49
0.05
50 Thurston County, Washington
69
0.03
54 Traill County, North Dakota
--
--
54 Ventura County, California
--
--
54 Ward County, North Dakota
--
--
42 Warren County, Iowa
49
0.11
26 Wasco County, Oregon
98
0.39
30 Washington County, Wisconsin
429
0.33
41 Waukesha County, Wisconsin
485
0.12
42 Waupaca County, Wisconsin
60
0.11
41 Wayne County, Missouri
16
0.12
52 Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
22
0.01
2 Winnebago County, Iowa
345
3.18
50 Winnebago County, Wisconsin
42
0.03
42 Winneshiek County, Iowa
24
0.11
32 Wood County, Ohio
321
0.26
12 Worth County, Iowa
102
1.34
54 Yuba County, California
--
--


* 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]