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Religious Traditions, 2010

26,365 62 28,625 33,236 200 3,781 51,979
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic Orthodox 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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 10 33,236 230.41
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 14 18,955 131.41
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
14 8,569 59.40
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 12 5,176 35.88
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 9 5,078 35.20
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 3,643 25.26
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 1,844 12.78
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,806 12.52
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 1,674 11.61
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 1,642 11.38
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 1,522 10.55
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 1,269 8.80
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 1,229 8.52
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 868 6.02
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 646 4.48
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 593 4.11
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 2 488 3.38
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 486 3.37
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 477 3.31
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 1 395 2.74
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 395 2.74
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 327 2.27
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 270 1.87
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 256 1.77
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 247 1.71
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 244 1.69
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 200 1.39
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 160 1.11
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 138 0.96
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 130 0.90
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 62 0.43
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 1 60 0.42
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 57 0.40
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 52 0.36
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 30 0.21
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 27 0.19
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 16 0.11
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 2 0.01
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 0 0.00
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 0.00
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 1 --- ---
National Spiritualist Association of Churches Other Spiritualist 1 --- ---
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Totals: 139 92,269  

The population of Olmsted County, Minnesota was 144,248 in 2010; in 2000 it was 124,277. The total population changed 16.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (92,269) included 64.0% of the total population in 2010.

* 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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