U.S. Membership Data
The following tables and charts provide U.S. membership data for Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) available on the ARDA.
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Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Members*

Year Members
2009 2,312,111
2008 2,337,349
2007 2,383,084
2006 2,417,997
2005 2,440,864
2004 2,463,747
2003 2,488,936
2002 2,512,714
2001 2,540,045
2000 2,554,088

* Presented are the last 10 years of membership data we have available (2000 - 2010). From 2000 to 2010 Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) declined by 275502 members, a decrease of approximately 12.1%.

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Top Five Counties by Membership (2010)

  Members Members
(per 1,000)
Cook County, IL
45,979
8.85
St. Louis County, MO
38,950
38.99
Harris County, TX
30,521
7.46
Macomb County, MI
29,359
34.91
Milwaukee County, WI
28,274
29.83

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Membership by State (2010)*

* This map displays the number of people per 1,000 that are members of Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). Hover the mouse over states to see values.

Darker colors = higher rates. For example, in Nebraska, 61.65 out of every 1,000 people are Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) members. Click here to view a ranked list of all states (opens in new tab).


Top Five States by Membership (2010)

  Members Members
(per 1,000)
Illinois
243,192
18.95
Wisconsin
223,279
39.26
Michigan
219,618
22.22
Minnesota
182,439
34.40
Missouri
142,685
23.82

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Top Five Metro Areas by Membership (2010)

  Members Members
(per 1,000)
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
127,121
13.44
St. Louis, MO-IL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
97,959
35.14
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
84,078
19.57
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
75,838
22.65
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
60,232
38.71

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Data Sources

Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Members:
Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR).

Membership by State Map and all other tables:
2000 and 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 ASARB.

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