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Olmsted County (Minnesota)

Religious Traditions, 2010

26,365 62 28,625 33,236 200 3,781 51,979
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic Orthodox Other Unclaimed

Congregational adherents include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The 2010 reports contain incomplete counts of congregations and adherents belonging to the eight largest historically African-American denominations. These denominations are not included in the 2000 reports and are largely missing from the 1990 and 1980 reports.
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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 968 9.09
Berean Fundamental Church Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 151 1.42
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 269 2.53
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 10 24,494 230.06
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 126 1.18
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 117 1.10
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 782 7.34
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 910 8.55
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 204 1.92
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 13 0.12
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 294 2.76
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 101 0.95
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 182 1.71
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 2 1,546 14.52
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 522 4.90
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 10 16,468 154.67
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 10 0.09
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 17 0.16
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 500 4.70
Jewish Other Judaism 1 400 3.76
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 9 7,295 68.52
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 40 0.38
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 1,826 17.15
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 80 0.75
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 271 2.55
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 171 1.61
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 286 2.69
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 593 5.57
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 311 2.92
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 2,329 21.87
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 7,820 73.45
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 100 0.94
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 1,478 13.88
Totals: 88 70,674  

The population of Olmsted County, Minnesota was 106,470 in 1990; in 1980 it was 92,006. The total population changed 15.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (70,674) included 66.4% of the total population in 1990.

* 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 the Catholic Church, 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 for those who are interested in these trends.


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]

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2010 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of 7.6 in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that about 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County were Episcopalian.

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