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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 60 51,819 297.18
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 22 27,722 158.99
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 9 4,580 26.27
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 13 3,669 21.04
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 14 3,010 17.26
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 2,307 13.23
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 1,914 10.98
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 1,359 7.79
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 3 710 4.07
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 3 642 3.68
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 2 576 3.30
Jewish Other Judaism 1 550 3.15
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 514 2.95
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 496 2.84
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 334 1.92
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 296 1.70
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 289 1.66
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 277 1.59
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 274 1.57
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 253 1.45
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 197 1.13
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 181 1.04
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 149 0.85
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 117 0.67
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 112 0.64
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 110 0.63
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 100 0.57
Hutterian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Communal 1 100 0.57
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 80 0.46
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 75 0.43
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 70 0.40
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 69 0.40
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 55 0.32
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 41 0.24
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 39 0.22
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 39 0.22
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 29 0.17
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 25 0.14
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 16 0.09
Totals: 183 103,195  

The population of the Fargo, ND-MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 174,367 in 2000; in 1990 it was 153,296. The total population changed 13.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (103,195) included 59.2% of the total population in 2000.

* 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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