Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod States (2010) [ Counties | [ Metro Areas ]
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The second-largest Lutheran denomination in the United States was founded in Missouri by German immigrants in 1847. Many of these immigrants had rejected the planned merger of the Lutheran and Reformed churches in Prussia.

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 the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. 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
10 Illinois
243,192
1.9
2 Wisconsin
223,279
3.93
8 Michigan
219,618
2.22
5 Minnesota
182,439
3.44
7 Missouri
142,685
2.38
17 Texas
132,508
0.53
1 Nebraska
112,585
6.16
11 Indiana
107,846
1.66
4 Iowa
105,148
3.45
25 California
105,084
0.28
15 Ohio
68,642
0.59
23 New York
67,408
0.35
23 Florida
65,448
0.35
9 Kansas
59,381
2.08
13 Colorado
42,353
0.84
19 Washington
32,807
0.49
3 South Dakota
30,487
3.74
21 Arizona
26,322
0.41
28 North Carolina
22,160
0.23
6 North Dakota
22,003
3.27
16 Oklahoma
21,622
0.58
22 Maryland
21,080
0.37
20 Oregon
18,092
0.47
32 Pennsylvania
17,861
0.14
29 Virginia
17,337
0.22
30 New Jersey
16,422
0.19
28 Tennessee
14,681
0.23
12 Montana
14,087
1.42
21 Arkansas
11,843
0.41
27 Louisiana
10,872
0.24
29 Alabama
10,290
0.22
35 Georgia
9,975
0.1
14 Idaho
9,863
0.63
26 Connecticut
9,785
0.27
11 Wyoming
9,344
1.66
24 Nevada
7,739
0.29
33 Kentucky
5,750
0.13
36 Massachusetts
5,474
0.08
28 New Mexico
4,762
0.23
31 Utah
4,070
0.15
18 Alaska
3,665
0.52
34 Mississippi
3,145
0.11
37 South Carolina
3,039
0.07
27 Delaware
2,133
0.24
31 New Hampshire
1,912
0.15
34 Hawaii
1,504
0.11
35 Rhode Island
1,015
0.1
32 District Of Columbia
821
0.14
36 Vermont
497
0.08
38 Maine
476
0.04
39 West Virginia
370
0.02


* 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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