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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.

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. [UNITS] 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.


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Rank
2010
Rank
1990
Rank
1980
County    [Download CSV]
Percent
2010
Percent
1990
Percent
1980
1 1 1 Red Lake County, Minnesota
3.6
5.44
7.7
2 2 2 Winnebago County, Iowa
3.18
4.48
5.16
3 4 5 Chickasaw County, Iowa
3.1
3.37
3.51
4 3 6 Rock County, Minnesota
2.82
3.59
3.12
5 7 8 Freeborn County, Minnesota
2.51
2.1
2.99
6 16 16 Nicollet County, Minnesota
1.75
0.9
1.1
7 8 14 Clearwater County, Minnesota
1.56
1.95
1.39
8 10 53 Henry County, Ohio
1.51
1.76
--
9 15 17 Blue Earth County, Minnesota
1.47
1.2
1.04
10 6 9 Redwood County, Minnesota
1.43
2.46
2.42
11 11 10 Lyon County, Minnesota
1.36
1.74
1.76
12 9 53 Worth County, Iowa
1.34
1.86
--
13 57 53 Presque Isle County, Michigan
1.15
--
--
14 14 11 Polk County, Minnesota
1.1
1.42
1.67
15 20 23 Leelanau County, Michigan
1.06
0.72
0.76
16 5 3 Mille Lacs County, Minnesota
0.94
2.84
4.34
17 12 13 Eau Claire County, Wisconsin
0.72
1.56
1.5
18 17 15 Montmorency County, Michigan
0.69
0.78
1.19
19 16 21 Sibley County, Minnesota
0.65
0.9
0.92
20 25 31 Marshall County, Minnesota
0.61
0.57
0.42
21 19 20 Butler County, Iowa
0.47
0.74
0.93
22 27 30 Shawano County, Wisconsin
0.46
0.5
0.48
23 18 18 Marinette County, Wisconsin
0.44
0.77
1
24 57 53 Chippewa County, Minnesota
0.43
--
--
25 22 22 Dane County, Wisconsin
0.42
0.66
0.82
26 31 53 Wasco County, Oregon
0.39
0.37
--
27 29 36 Midland County, Michigan
0.38
0.4
0.32
28 19 19 Becker County, Minnesota
0.36
0.74
0.94
29 23 25 Allamakee County, Iowa
0.35
0.63
0.71
30 30 34 Washington County, Wisconsin
0.33
0.39
0.37
31 46 53 Saginaw County, Michigan
0.29
0.11
--
32 31 53 Wood County, Ohio
0.26
0.37
--
33 28 29 Indian River County, Florida
0.25
0.49
0.5
34 26 53 Sherburne County, Minnesota
0.23
0.55
--
35 28 27 Columbia County, Wisconsin
0.22
0.49
0.56
35 39 39 Kitsap County, Washington
0.22
0.24
0.21
36 38 37 Charlevoix County, Michigan
0.19
0.25
0.31
37 33 32 Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
0.16
0.35
0.41
38 38 36 Inyo County, California
0.15
0.25
0.32
39 35 53 Hood River County, Oregon
0.14
0.33
--
39 57 53 Stearns County, Minnesota
0.14
--
--
40 37 53 Cape Girardeau County, Missouri
0.13
0.29
--
40 33 37 Chippewa County, Wisconsin
0.13
0.35
0.31
40 34 35 Mitchell County, Iowa
0.13
0.34
0.34
40 40 46 Mohave County, Arizona
0.13
0.21
0.07
41 49 53 Cole County, Missouri
0.12
0.08
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41 43 40 Waukesha County, Wisconsin
0.12
0.17
0.15
41 26 33 Wayne County, Missouri
0.12
0.55
0.39
42 24 25 Clay County, Minnesota
0.11
0.61
0.71
42 57 53 Warren County, Iowa
0.11
--
--
42 26 28 Waupaca County, Wisconsin
0.11
0.55
0.52
42 32 34 Winneshiek County, Iowa
0.11
0.36
0.37
43 48 43 Black Hawk County, Iowa
0.1
0.09
0.12
43 42 38 Douglas County, Oregon
0.1
0.19
0.25
44 57 53 Columbia County, Oregon
0.09
--
--
44 44 53 Klamath County, Oregon
0.09
0.16
--
45 57 53 Brown County, Wisconsin
0.08
--
--
45 48 46 Hennepin County, Minnesota
0.08
0.09
0.07
45 57 53 Jasper County, Missouri
0.08
--
--
45 48 53 Josephine County, Oregon
0.08
0.09
--
45 46 42 Pierce County, Washington
0.08
0.11
0.13
45 35 53 Roseau County, Minnesota
0.08
0.33
--
46 57 53 Coos County, Oregon
0.07
--
--
46 57 44 Dakota County, Minnesota
0.07
--
0.09
46 57 53 Porter County, Indiana
0.07
--
--
47 46 42 Collier County, Florida
0.06
0.11
0.13
47 50 48 Skagit County, Washington
0.06
0.07
0.04
48 57 53 Highlands County, Florida
0.05
--
--
48 45 43 Marathon County, Wisconsin
0.05
0.14
0.12
48 38 40 Muskegon County, Michigan
0.05
0.25
0.15
48 48 44 Story County, Iowa
0.05
0.09
0.09
49 51 47 Barnstable County, Massachusetts
0.04
0.06
0.06
49 48 53 Hendricks County, Indiana
0.04
0.09
--
49 57 53 Lake County, Indiana
0.04
--
--
49 57 53 Mendocino County, California
0.04
--
--
49 57 53 Osceola County, Florida
0.04
--
--
49 53 53 Polk County, Florida
0.04
0.03
--
49 52 45 Portage County, Wisconsin
0.04
0.04
0.08
49 51 53 St. Lucie County, Florida
0.04
0.06
--
50 57 53 Jackson County, Oregon
0.03
--
--
50 57 53 Ottawa County, Michigan
0.03
--
--
50 48 44 Thurston County, Washington
0.03
0.09
0.09
50 57 53 Winnebago County, Wisconsin
0.03
--
--
51 53 47 DuPage County, Illinois
0.02
0.03
0.06
51 55 53 Multnomah County, Oregon
0.02
0.01
--
52 55 51 Middlesex County, Massachusetts
0.01
0.01
0.01
52 57 53 Salt Lake County, Utah
0.01
--
--
52 55 53 Sonoma County, California
0.01
0.01
--
52 57 53 Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
0.01
--
--
53 55 51 Bexar County, Texas
0
0.01
0.01
53 57 53 Dunn County, Wisconsin
0
--
--
53 56 52 Los Angeles County, California
0
0
0
53 56 53 Maricopa County, Arizona
0
0
--
53 56 53 Orange County, California
0
0
--
54 46 47 Alpena County, Michigan
--
0.11
0.06
54 22 26 Ashland County, Wisconsin
--
0.66
0.63
54 57 4 Boone County, Nebraska
--
--
3.64
54 57 46 Brookings County, South Dakota
--
--
0.07
54 36 53 Bryan County, Georgia
--
0.3
--
54 56 53 Butte County, California
--
0
--
54 57 50 Chatham County, Georgia
--
--
0.02
54 55 53 Cobb County, Georgia
--
0.01
--
54 56 52 Cook County, Illinois
--
0
0
54 56 51 Dallas County, Texas
--
0
0.01
54 55 50 El Paso County, Colorado
--
0.01
0.02
54 52 53 Macomb County, Michigan
--
0.04
--
54 53 53 Martin County, Florida
--
0.03
--
54 50 41 Minnehaha County, South Dakota
--
0.07
0.14
54 57 50 Monroe County, New York
--
--
0.02
54 57 7 Nance County, Nebraska
--
--
3
54 41 53 Oceana County, Michigan
--
0.2
--
54 21 24 Pipestone County, Minnesota
--
0.71
0.75
54 54 53 Rock County, Wisconsin
--
0.02
--
54 55 53 San Diego County, California
--
0.01
--
54 57 37 Sauk County, Wisconsin
--
--
0.31
54 13 12 Traill County, North Dakota
--
1.55
1.66
54 55 49 Ventura County, California
--
0.01
0.03
54 57 44 Ward County, North Dakota
--
--
0.09
54 47 53 Yuba County, California
--
0.1
--


* 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]




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