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The Association of Free Lutheran Congregations was founded in 1962 by Rev. John P. Strand and others who rejected the merger of the Lutheran Free Church into the American Lutheran Church.

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 Association of Free Lutheran Congregations. 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
23 Aberdeen, SD, Micropolitan Statistical Area
30
0.07
11 Alexandria, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
110
0.4
8 Astoria, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
160
0.49
29 Austin, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Austin-Round Rock, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Bakersfield, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
18 Bellingham, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
215
0.2
13 Bemidji, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
110
0.36
29 Bismarck, ND, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Brainerd, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Brookings, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Brookings, SD, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Brownsville-Harlingen, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Champaign-Urbana, IL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
28 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
152
0
28 Cleveland-Elyria, OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area
40
0
29 Clinton, IA, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Columbus, OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
14 Dickinson, ND, Micropolitan Statistical Area
80
0.34
17 Duluth, MN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
640
0.22
29 Durant, OK, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 El Campo, TX, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Escanaba, MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
24 Eugene, OR, Metropolitan Statistical Area
170
0.06
22 Fargo, ND-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
105
0.08
3 Fergus Falls, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
616
1.19
29 Fort Collins, CO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Garden City, KS, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Glens Falls, NY, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
7 Grand Forks, ND-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
540
0.53
24 Grand Island, NE, Metropolitan Statistical Area
43
0.06
29 Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Houghton, MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Iron Mountain, MI-WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Jamestown, ND, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Janesville-Beloit, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
9 Kalispell, MT, Micropolitan Statistical Area
250
0.48
29 La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Lincoln, IL, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Madison, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Mankato-North Mankato, MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
15 Marquette, MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
244
0.33
29 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
10 Menomonie, WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
150
0.44
29 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
25 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
945
0.04
19 Minot, ND, Micropolitan Statistical Area
85
0.12
29 Mitchell, SD, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Mountain Home, AR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
16 Nogales, AZ, Micropolitan Statistical Area
56
0.27
29 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Oklahoma City, OK, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Ottawa-Peru, IL, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Owatonna, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Paducah, KY-IL, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Palatka, FL, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Peoria, IL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Pittsburgh, PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
12 Platteville, WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
204
0.39
29 Ponca City, OK, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
28 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
20
0
28 Providence-Warwick, RI-MA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
19
0
21 Rapid City, SD, Metropolitan Statistical Area
83
0.09
29 Reading, PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
2 Red Wing, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
550
1.42
29 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Rochester, MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Salinas, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
26 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
580
0.03
29 Selma, AL, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Sioux City, IA-NE-SD, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Sioux Falls, SD, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
27 Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
28
0.01
29 Springfield, MO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
20 St. Cloud, MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
134
0.1
29 St. Louis, MO-IL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Stockton-Lodi, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Tucson, AZ, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
6 Wahpeton, ND-MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
150
0.54
29 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
5 Watertown, SD, Micropolitan Statistical Area
211
1.01
29 Wichita Falls, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
1 Williston, ND, Micropolitan Statistical Area
450
2.02
4 Willmar, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
435
1.18
29 Yankton, SD, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--


* 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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