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The Church of the Lutheran Confession was organized in 1960 at Watertown, South Dakota, by congregations and clergy who had formerly belonged to the various Lutheran denominations that had comprised the Synodical Conference, a Lutheran ecumenical body. With the loss of doctrinal unity within the conference, they felt compelled to leave.

The Church of the Lutheran Confession was organized in 1960 at Watertown, South Dakota, by congregations and clergy who had formerly belonged to the various Lutheran denominations that had comprised the Synodical Conference, a Lutheran ecumenical body. With the loss of doctrinal unity within the conference, they felt compelled to leave.

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 Church of the Lutheran Confession. You can sort the list by clicking on the column headings.


Complete List

Rank
1990
Rank
1980
Metro Area   [Download CSV]
Percent
1990
Percent
1980
4 4 Aberdeen, SD, Micropolitan Statistical Area
0.53
0.78
19 21 Albuquerque, NM, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0
0.01
20 23 Anchorage, AK, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
18 20 Asheville, NC, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.01
0.02
20 23 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
5 6 Austin, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
0.49
0.65
19 22 Austin-Round Rock, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0
0
16 23 Bismarck, ND, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.03
--
20 23 Cadillac, MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
20 17 Carlsbad-Artesia, NM, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
0.05
11 13 Cheyenne, WY, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.14
0.16
19 22 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0
0
13 16 Columbia, SC, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.06
0.07
20 20 Corpus Christi, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
0.02
19 23 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0
--
20 22 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
0
19 22 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0
0
7 11 Eau Claire, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.37
0.26
20 23 Fairbanks, AK, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
20 23 Fargo, ND-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
20 18 Fergus Falls, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
0.04
6 7 Fond du Lac, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.46
0.54
15 21 Fort Collins, CO, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.04
0.01
20 23 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
19 22 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0
0
2 3 Jamestown, ND, Micropolitan Statistical Area
0.77
0.87
15 19 Kalamazoo-Portage, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.04
0.03
20 23 Kansas City, MO-KS, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
9 10 Ketchikan, AK, Micropolitan Statistical Area
0.34
0.27
13 18 La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.06
0.04
17 17 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.02
0.05
10 13 Lewiston, ID-WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.19
0.16
20 23 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
17 20 Madison, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.02
0.02
1 1 Mankato-North Mankato, MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
1.33
1.57
8 8 Marquette, MI, Micropolitan Statistical Area
0.35
0.42
20 23 McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, TX, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
19 21 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0
0.01
17 20 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.02
0.02
20 18 Missoula, MT, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
0.04
20 23 Modesto, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
20 2 New Ulm, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
1.22
11 12 Niles-Benton Harbor, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.14
0.21
19 23 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0
--
20 23 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
20 20 Oshkosh-Neenah, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
0.02
18 21 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.01
0.01
16 16 Pierre, SD, Micropolitan Statistical Area
0.03
0.07
14 23 Rapid City, SD, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.05
--
7 9 Red Wing, MN, Micropolitan Statistical Area
0.37
0.38
18 20 Rochester, MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.01
0.02
18 23 Rochester, NY, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.01
--
12 15 Saginaw, MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.13
0.11
19 21 San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0
0.01
20 23 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
14 23 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.05
--
19 21 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0
0.01
17 23 Sioux Falls, SD, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.02
--
11 14 Spokane-Spokane Valley, WA, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0.14
0.14
19 22 St. Louis, MO-IL, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0
0
20 23 Taylorville, IL, Micropolitan Statistical Area
--
--
19 23 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, Metropolitan Statistical Area
0
--
3 5 Watertown, SD, Micropolitan Statistical Area
0.62
0.68


* 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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