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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 61 48,991 319.58
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 23 28,547 186.22
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 9 4,775 31.15
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 14 3,856 25.15
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 13 3,361 21.92
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 2,373 15.48
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 2,367 15.44
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 932 6.08
Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 922 6.01
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 893 5.83
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 563 3.67
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 2 506 3.30
Jewish Other Judaism 1 500 3.26
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 369 2.41
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 308 2.01
Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 306 2.00
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 274 1.79
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 212 1.38
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 204 1.33
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 185 1.21
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 163 1.06
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 133 0.87
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 119 0.78
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 115 0.75
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 104 0.68
Hutterian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Communal 1 100 0.65
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 76 0.50
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 75 0.49
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 62 0.40
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 50 0.33
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 30 0.20
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 25 0.16
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 23 0.15
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 15 0.10
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 1 --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Totals: 181 101,534  

The population of the Fargo, ND-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 153,296 in 1990; in 1980 it was 137,574. The total population changed 11.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (101,534) included 66.2% 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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