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Otter Tail County (Minnesota)

Religious Traditions, 2010

14,569 18,018 7,813 199 16,704
Evangelical Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic 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
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 0 0 0.00
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 78 1.50
Apostolic Lutheran Church of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 600 11.55
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 257 4.95
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 6 616 11.86
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 14 7,497 144.35
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 176 3.39
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 93 1.79
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 776 14.94
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 20 0.39
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 227 4.37
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 25 0.48
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 108 2.08
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 651 12.53
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 188 3.62
Evangelical Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 14 0.27
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 50 0.96
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 42 16,725 322.02
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 21 7,596 146.25
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 710 13.67
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 107 2.06
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 109 2.10
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 56 1.08
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 985 18.97
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 11 2,224 42.82
Totals: 129 39,888  

The population of Otter Tail County, Minnesota was 51,937 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (39,888) included 76.8% of the total population in 1980.

* 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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