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Delaware County, Pennsylvania

Denominational Groups, 2000

11,659 60,636 4,896 269,585 24,552 179,536
Evangelical Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational "adherents" include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The historically African American denominations are not included in the 2000 congregation and membership totals. Many are also missing in 1990 and most historically African American denominations are missing in the 1980 reports.
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Reports


Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 19 6,360 11.6
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 1 200 0.4
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 8 935 1.7
Bahá'í Other Theology 1 139 0.3
Buddhism Other Theology 3 n.a. n.a.
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Catholic Church Catholic 48 269,585 489.4
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 3 139 0.3
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 1 151 0.3
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 216 0.4
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant 1 127 0.2
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 1 32 0.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 2 152 0.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 2 821 1.5
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 2 203 0.4
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 2 284 0.5
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 5 330 0.6
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant 1 220 0.4
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 35 12,325 22.4
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 22 7,315 13.3
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 16 2,077 3.8
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 4 901 1.6
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 3 3,456 6.3
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 5 3,690 6.7
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 9 15,700 28.5
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 3 530 1.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 5 419 0.8
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 4 7,564 13.7
National Association of Congregational Christian Churches Mainline Protestant 1 74 0.1
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 1 490 0.9
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 2 57 0.1
Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 38 14,746 26.8
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 7 1,408 2.6
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 2 540 1.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 3 513 0.9
Sikh Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 4 488 0.9
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 2 n.a. n.a.
Tao Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox 1 750 1.4
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 1 328 0.6
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 3 564 1.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 49 17,024 30.9
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 1 100 0.2
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 2 375 0.7
Zoroastrian Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 331 371,328  
Total (Adjusted)**:   457,394  

The population of this county (or equivalent) in 1990 was 547,651; in 2000 it was 550,864. The total population changed 0.6%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (371,328) include 67.4% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (457,394) include 83.0% of the population.

Source

*The “Unadjusted Totals” come from the 1990 and 2000 data collected by representatives of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). While quite comprehensive, this data excludes most of the historically African-American denominations and some other major groups. As a result, these numbers will be an underestimate of the total adherence rate, particularly in areas with a large African-American population. The 2000 data included 149 religious groups and the final results are published in Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Copyright © 2002, All rights reserved. The 1990 data included 132 groups and the final results are published in Churches and Church Membership in the United States 1990 Copyright © 1990, All rights reserved. Published by Glenmary Research Center, 1312 Fifth Ave., North, Nashville, TN 37208. www.glenmary.org [More information on the data collection]

**The “Adjusted Totals” include all adherents in the denominations counted by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and estimates adherent totals for the historically African-American denominations and other religious groups not listed in the ASARB totals. An article by Roger Finke and Christopher P. Scheitle (2005) reviews how these estimates were computed.

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2000 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of approximately 8 (8.1) in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County are Episcopalian.

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