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Fargo, ND-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

22,373 64,403 36,338 50 1,829 83,784
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
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 59 45,315 329.39
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 22 26,112 189.80
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 8 4,880 35.47
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 14 4,049 29.43
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 13 3,660 26.60
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 2,231 16.22
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 1,312 9.54
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 824 5.99
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 816 5.93
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 548 3.98
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 497 3.61
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 351 2.55
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 350 2.54
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 350 2.54
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 299 2.17
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 261 1.90
Jewish Other Judaism 1 250 1.82
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 248 1.80
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 198 1.44
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 162 1.18
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 148 1.08
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 136 0.99
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 128 0.93
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 111 0.81
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 110 0.80
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 105 0.76
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 105 0.76
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 91 0.66
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 91 0.66
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 83 0.60
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 75 0.55
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 65 0.47
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 53 0.39
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 48 0.35
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 0 20 0.15
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 10 0.07
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Hutterian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Communal 0 0 0.00
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Totals: 175 94,092  

The population of the Fargo, ND-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 137,574 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (94,092) included 68.4% 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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