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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
694
2.1
20 Alpena, MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
35
0.11
21 Ames, IA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
70
0.09
29 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
48
0
30 Baraboo, WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
23 Barnstable Town, MA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
104
0.06
29 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH, Metropolitan Statistical Area
111
0
13 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
451
0.24
30 Brookings, SD, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
14 Cape Girardeau, MO-IL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
180
0.22
29 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
402
0
29 Chico, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
4
0
28 Colorado Springs, CO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
55
0.01
30 Coos Bay, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
29 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
74
0
30 Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
28 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
296
0.01
3 Eau Claire, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
1,513
1.1
16 Fargo, ND-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
306
0.2
8 Grand Forks, ND-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
462
0.45
30 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
21 Grants Pass, OR, Metropolitan Statistical Area
57
0.09
30 Green Bay, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
11 Hood River, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
56
0.33
29 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
69
0
27 Janesville-Beloit, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
34
0.02
25 Jefferson City, MO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
54
0.04
30 Joplin, MO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
18 Klamath Falls, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
90
0.16
15 Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ, Metropolitan Statistical Area
199
0.21
26 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
126
0.03
29 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
133
0
4 Madison, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
2,656
0.57
3 Mankato-North Mankato, MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
900
1.1
6 Marinette, WI-MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
313
0.48
2 Marshall, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
432
1.74
4 Mason City, IA, Micropolitan Statistical Area
312
0.57
30 Medford, OR, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
30 Menomonie, WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
9 Midland, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
300
0.4
23 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
887
0.06
22 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
1,787
0.07
30 Minot, ND, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
22 Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
56
0.07
12 Muskegon, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
405
0.25
20 Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
169
0.11
21 Olympia-Tumwater, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
143
0.09
30 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
30 Oshkosh-Neenah, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
28 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
82
0.01
29 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ, Metropolitan Statistical Area
43
0
30 Pittsburgh, PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
24 Port St. Lucie, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
125
0.05
29 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
47
0
30 Rochester, NY, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
17 Roseburg, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
183
0.19
20 Saginaw, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
224
0.11
30 Salt Lake City, UT, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
28 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
72
0.01
28 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
175
0.01
28 Santa Rosa, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
53
0.01
27 Savannah, GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
46
0.02
27 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
638
0.02
5 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
438
0.49
30 Sebring, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
7 Shawano, WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
187
0.46
23 Sioux Falls, SD, Metropolitan Statistical Area
85
0.06
30 St. Cloud, MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
25 Stevens Point, WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
24
0.04
10 The Dalles, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
81
0.37
22 Toledo, OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area
421
0.07
20 Traverse City, MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
119
0.11
30 Ukiah, CA, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
22 Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
106
0.07
19 Wausau, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
161
0.14
24 Yuba City, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
58
0.05


* 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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