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


* 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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