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Lutheran churches follow the teachings of 16h century reformer Martin Luther, particularly his teaching on justification by faith and scripture alone (sola scriptura). It is one of the most liturgical Protestant movements, along with Episcopalianism. Lutheranism is more prominent in the Midwestern United States, particularly among those with German and Scandinavian ancestry. Lutheran bodies include the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

Using data from the 1980-2010 Religious Congregations and Membership Studies, this list ranks U.S. states on the highest total number of adherents and the highest percent of the population in Lutheran denominations. 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

RankingState   [Download CSV]AdherentsPercent
1 North Dakota
213,231
32.67
2 Minnesota
1,090,634
26.76
3 South Dakota
163,572
23.68
4 Wisconsin
957,840
20.35
5 Nebraska
252,573
16.09
6 Iowa
417,704
14.38
7 Montana
70,807
9
8 Pennsylvania
794,577
6.7
9 Illinois
645,909
5.65
10 Michigan
495,114
5.35
11 Washington
185,397
4.49
12 Kansas
105,178
4.45
13 Ohio
453,000
4.2
14 Wyoming
18,542
3.95
15 Maryland
152,447
3.62
16 Colorado
103,974
3.6
16 Indiana
197,684
3.6
17 Missouri
174,955
3.56
18 Oregon
82,243
3.12
19 Idaho
25,721
2.72
20 Alaska
9,676
2.41
21 Arizona
64,538
2.37
22 South Carolina
59,921
1.92
23 Connecticut
58,644
1.89
24 Texas
264,137
1.86
25 New York
323,265
1.84
26 North Carolina
105,361
1.79
27 New Jersey
130,119
1.77
28 Delaware
10,039
1.69
28 Florida
137,462
1.69
29 California
364,098
1.54
30 Virginia
75,465
1.41
31 Nevada
10,084
1.26
32 District Of Columbia
7,985
1.25
33 New Mexico
15,041
1.15
34 Oklahoma
31,902
1.05
35 West Virginia
17,469
0.9
36 Massachusetts
39,900
0.7
37 Rhode Island
6,576
0.69
38 Arkansas
15,840
0.67
39 Louisiana
26,467
0.63
40 Utah
8,718
0.6
41 Tennessee
26,179
0.57
42 Georgia
30,598
0.56
43 New Hampshire
4,538
0.49
44 Alabama
18,815
0.48
45 Hawaii
4,273
0.44
46 Kentucky
15,520
0.42
47 Vermont
1,654
0.32
48 Mississippi
6,016
0.24
49 Maine
2,073
0.18


* 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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