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Rochester, MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

39,927 62 50,179 47,717 200 3,984 64,808
Evangelical Protestant Black 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
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 1,572 8.51
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 50 0.27
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 77 0.42
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 33 41,431 224.27
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 982 5.32
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 114 0.62
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 1,449 7.84
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 6 1,250 6.77
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 79 0.43
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 394 2.13
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 128 0.69
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 83 0.45
Conservative Congregational Christian Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 135 0.73
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 260 1.41
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 7 2,131 11.54
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 572 3.10
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 6 1,273 6.89
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 47 36,577 197.99
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 37 0.20
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 88 0.48
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 57 0.31
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 820 4.44
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 498 2.70
Jewish Other Judaism 2 600 3.25
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 20 11,119 60.19
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 28 0.15
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 44 0.24
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 288 1.56
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Bapti Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 188 1.02
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 378 2.05
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 2,679 14.50
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 132 0.71
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 535 2.90
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 486 2.63
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 424 2.30
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 1,024 5.54
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 380 2.06
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 3,317 17.95
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 32 10,187 55.14
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 154 0.83
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 12 4,221 22.85
Totals: 249 126,241  

The population of the Rochester, MN, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 184,740 in 2000; in 1990 it was 162,722. The total population changed 13.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (126,241) included 68.3% 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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