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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. metro areas 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

RankingMetro Area   [Download CSV]AdherentsPercent
1 Albert Lea, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
1,085
2.99
2 Marshall, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
444
1.76
3 Mankato-North Mankato, MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
841
1.06
4 Eau Claire, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
1,347
1.03
5 Mason City, IA, Micropolitan Statistical Area
398
0.82
6 Madison, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
2,906
0.7
7 Marinette, WI-MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
394
0.6
8 Grand Forks, ND-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
581
0.58
9 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
300
0.5
10 Shawano, WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
172
0.44
11 Midland, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
235
0.32
12 Baraboo, WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
136
0.31
13 Fargo, ND-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
350
0.25
13 Roseburg, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
234
0.25
14 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
302
0.21
15 Muskegon, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
233
0.15
16 Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
112
0.13
17 Traverse City, MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
107
0.12
17 Wausau, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
137
0.12
18 Sioux Falls, SD, Metropolitan Statistical Area
150
0.11
19 Ames, IA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
65
0.09
19 Olympia-Tumwater, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
116
0.09
19 Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
163
0.09
20 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
1,810
0.08
20 Minot, ND, Micropolitan Statistical Area
54
0.08
20 Stevens Point, WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
48
0.08
21 Brookings, SD, Micropolitan Statistical Area
17
0.07
21 Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ, Metropolitan Statistical Area
37
0.07
22 Alpena, MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
18
0.06
22 Barnstable Town, MA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
82
0.06
23 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
747
0.05
24 Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
27
0.04
25 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
164
0.03
25 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
619
0.03
26 Colorado Springs, CO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
72
0.02
27 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
534
0.01
27 Rochester, NY, Metropolitan Statistical Area
126
0.01
27 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
64
0.01
27 Savannah, GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
32
0.01
28 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, Metropolitan Statistical Area
102
0
28 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
93
0
28 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
64
0
29 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Cape Girardeau, MO-IL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Chico, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Coos Bay, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Grants Pass, OR, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Green Bay, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Hood River, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Janesville-Beloit, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Jefferson City, MO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Joplin, MO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Klamath Falls, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Medford, OR, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Menomonie, WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Oshkosh-Neenah, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Pittsburgh, PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Port St. Lucie, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Saginaw, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Salt Lake City, UT, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Santa Rosa, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Sebring, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 St. Cloud, MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 The Dalles, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Toledo, OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Ukiah, CA, Micropolitan Statistical Area
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29 Yuba City, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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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]




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