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Dover, DE, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

14,992 3,245 14,931 100 16,679 2,718 109,645
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic 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
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 50 0.5
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 766 7.8
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 100 1.0
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 4 6,024 61.3
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 55 0.6
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 2 221 2.3
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 75 0.8
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 41 0.4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 458 4.7
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 97 1.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 823 8.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 2 165 1.7
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 5 1,778 18.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 671 6.8
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 92 0.9
Jewish Other Judaism 1 111 1.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 414 4.2
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 219 2.2
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 958 9.8
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 711 7.2
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 27 0.3
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 919 9.4
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 531 5.4
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 1,488 15.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 603 6.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 32 9,875 100.5
Totals: 90 27,272  

The population of the Dover, DE, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 98,219 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (27,272) included 27.8% of the total population in 1980.

Dover, DE, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Kent County, Delaware.

* 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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