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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
47 Alabama
17,104
0.38
18 Alaska
16,761
2.67
20 Arizona
107,269
2.09
37 Arkansas
20,565
0.77
34 California
310,956
0.92
17 Colorado
118,130
2.75
26 Connecticut
45,559
1.34
30 Delaware
9,143
1.17
35 District Of Columbia
4,787
0.84
31 Florida
168,187
1.05
40 Georgia
48,492
0.59
47 Hawaii
4,608
0.38
21 Idaho
26,911
2.08
9 Illinois
571,254
4.6
14 Indiana
186,173
3.06
6 Iowa
391,095
13.36
12 Kansas
106,147
3.95
45 Kentucky
16,289
0.4
44 Louisiana
20,973
0.47
46 Maine
5,003
0.39
19 Maryland
131,863
2.49
41 Massachusetts
36,100
0.57
10 Michigan
450,215
4.53
2 Minnesota
1,123,720
22.84
49 Mississippi
5,690
0.2
15 Missouri
169,577
3.03
7 Montana
67,151
7.44
5 Nebraska
252,485
14.75
32 Nevada
19,951
1
43 New Hampshire
6,200
0.5
29 New Jersey
101,838
1.21
33 New Mexico
17,140
0.94
27 New York
251,596
1.33
25 North Carolina
110,302
1.37
1 North Dakota
204,399
31.83
13 Ohio
386,228
3.4
31 Oklahoma
36,201
1.05
22 Oregon
70,656
2.07
8 Pennsylvania
634,820
5.17
38 Rhode Island
6,931
0.66
23 South Carolina
65,156
1.62
3 South Dakota
165,692
21.95
39 Tennessee
34,159
0.6
24 Texas
301,518
1.45
42 Utah
11,336
0.51
48 Vermont
2,020
0.33
28 Virginia
86,103
1.22
16 Washington
173,615
2.95
36 West Virginia
14,548
0.8
4 Wisconsin
917,540
17.11
11 Wyoming
21,500
4.35


* 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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