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Eau Claire, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

24,738 27,209 31,090 25 1,945 76,144
Evangelical 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
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 0 0 0.00
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 544 4.15
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 815 6.22
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 26 32,090 245.09
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 40 0.31
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 464 3.54
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 14 0.11
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 26 0.20
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 361 2.76
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 245 1.87
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 333 2.54
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 336 2.57
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 194 1.48
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 43 0.33
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 395 3.02
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 456 3.48
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 1,104 8.43
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 20 0.15
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 70 0.53
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 24 22,408 171.14
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 1,347 10.29
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 0 0 0.00
Jewish Other Judaism 1 27 0.21
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 19 10,245 78.25
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 27 0.21
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 155 1.18
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,306 9.97
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 186 1.42
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 108 0.82
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 209 1.60
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 2 71 0.54
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 1,745 13.33
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 16 5,469 41.77
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 6 1,815 13.86
Totals: 152 82,668  

The population of the Eau Claire, WI, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 130,932 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (82,668) included 63.1% 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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