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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
44 Alabama
19,030
0.47
20 Alaska
14,153
2.57
21 Arizona
91,230
2.49
36 Arkansas
19,719
0.84
32 California
351,874
1.18
16 Colorado
113,173
3.44
25 Connecticut
52,069
1.58
27 Delaware
9,260
1.39
34 District Of Columbia
5,509
0.91
29 Florida
167,734
1.3
38 Georgia
42,492
0.66
43 Hawaii
5,892
0.53
19 Idaho
26,372
2.62
9 Illinois
609,770
5.33
15 Indiana
191,350
3.45
6 Iowa
395,762
14.25
12 Kansas
109,298
4.41
45 Kentucky
16,144
0.44
41 Louisiana
25,140
0.6
46 Maine
4,723
0.38
17 Maryland
138,940
2.91
40 Massachusetts
36,972
0.61
10 Michigan
472,356
5.08
2 Minnesota
1,129,683
25.82
47 Mississippi
6,494
0.25
16 Missouri
176,256
3.44
7 Montana
67,221
8.41
5 Nebraska
251,447
15.93
30 Nevada
15,161
1.26
42 New Hampshire
6,293
0.57
26 New Jersey
115,315
1.49
31 New Mexico
18,573
1.23
25 New York
284,368
1.58
24 North Carolina
107,605
1.62
1 North Dakota
217,999
34.13
14 Ohio
410,265
3.78
33 Oklahoma
36,299
1.15
18 Oregon
78,717
2.77
8 Pennsylvania
707,807
5.96
37 Rhode Island
7,150
0.71
22 South Carolina
65,082
1.87
3 South Dakota
161,692
23.23
39 Tennessee
30,541
0.63
23 Texas
294,524
1.73
42 Utah
9,793
0.57
46 Vermont
2,152
0.38
28 Virginia
82,892
1.34
13 Washington
184,860
3.8
35 West Virginia
15,509
0.86
4 Wisconsin
945,095
19.32
11 Wyoming
20,774
4.58


* 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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