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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
24 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
3,284
0.13
33 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
1,618
0.02
5 Grand Forks, ND-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
1,510
1.46
13 Duluth, MN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
1,193
0.44
1 Williston, ND, Micropolitan Statistical Area
863
4.08
4 Fergus Falls, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
835
1.65
14 Ottawa-Peru, IL, Micropolitan Statistical Area
620
0.42
33 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
569
0.02
6 Red Wing, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
547
1.34
7 Willmar, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
472
1.22
28 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
438
0.07
3 Brookings, SD, Micropolitan Statistical Area
429
1.7
2 Dickinson, ND, Micropolitan Statistical Area
396
1.73
18 Fargo, ND-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
369
0.24
26 Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
342
0.09
22 Sioux Falls, SD, Metropolitan Statistical Area
261
0.17
9 Menomonie, WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
234
0.65
23 St. Cloud, MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
229
0.15
16 Marquette, MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
228
0.32
31 Madison, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
207
0.04
34 Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
206
0.01
17 Minot, ND, Micropolitan Statistical Area
203
0.3
8 Alexandria, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
200
0.7
33 Oklahoma City, OK, Metropolitan Statistical Area
180
0.02
15 Platteville, WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
178
0.36
12 Astoria, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
161
0.48
11 Wahpeton, ND-MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
144
0.56
10 Watertown, SD, Micropolitan Statistical Area
139
0.61
19 Clinton, IA, Micropolitan Statistical Area
116
0.23
26 La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
105
0.09
27 Bellingham, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
103
0.08
32 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
103
0.03
35 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
95
0
16 Nogales, AZ, Micropolitan Statistical Area
94
0.32
29 Janesville-Beloit, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
88
0.06
32 Eugene, OR, Metropolitan Statistical Area
82
0.03
25 Mankato-North Mankato, MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
80
0.1
28 Rapid City, SD, Metropolitan Statistical Area
80
0.07
35 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
73
0
33 Springfield, MO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
69
0.02
21 Houghton, MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
68
0.18
20 Bemidji, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
67
0.19
35 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
63
0
33 Peoria, IL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
63
0.02
23 Austin, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
56
0.15
35 San Diego-Carlsbad, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
56
0
21 Mountain Home, AR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
55
0.18
29 Bismarck, ND, Metropolitan Statistical Area
51
0.06
32 Rochester, MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
45
0.03
32 Wichita Falls, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
41
0.03
25 Escanaba, MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
38
0.1
30 Grand Island, NE, Metropolitan Statistical Area
38
0.05
34 Tucson, AZ, Metropolitan Statistical Area
36
0.01
27 Aberdeen, SD, Micropolitan Statistical Area
32
0.08
35 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, Metropolitan Statistical Area
29
0
35 Providence-Warwick, RI-MA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
24
0
31 Selma, AL, Micropolitan Statistical Area
17
0.04
36 Austin-Round Rock, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
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36 Bakersfield, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Brainerd, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Brookings, OR, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Brownsville-Harlingen, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Champaign-Urbana, IL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Cleveland-Elyria, OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Columbus, OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Durant, OK, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 El Campo, TX, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Fort Collins, CO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Garden City, KS, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Glens Falls, NY, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Iron Mountain, MI-WI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Jamestown, ND, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Kalispell, MT, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Lincoln, IL, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Mitchell, SD, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Owatonna, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Paducah, KY-IL, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Palatka, FL, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Pittsburgh, PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Ponca City, OK, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Reading, PA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Salinas, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Sioux City, IA-NE-SD, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 St. Louis, MO-IL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Stockton-Lodi, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Yankton, SD, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
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36 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA, 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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