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Sussex County (Delaware)

Religious Traditions, 2010

16,640 2,914 23,803 27,681 220 655 125,232
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
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 81 19,140 195.30
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 11 2,540 25.92
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 1,580 16.12
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 1,288 13.14
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 6 3,955 40.36
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 377 3.85
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 478 4.88
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 589 6.01
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 275 2.81
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 485 4.95
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 640 6.53
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 336 3.43
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 180 1.84
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 120 1.22
Bible Church of Christ, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 240 2.45
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 64 0.65
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 45 0.46
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 288 2.94
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 22 0.22
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 335 3.42
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 30 0.31
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 0 0 0.00
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 0 0 0.00
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Totals: 144 33,007  

The population of Sussex County, Delaware was 98,004 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (33,007) included 33.7% of the total population in 1980.

* 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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