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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
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
26 4,837 24.54
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 3 --- ---
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 7 521 2.64
Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 107 0.54
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 1,033 5.24
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 278 1.41
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 1,306 6.62
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 7 27,681 140.41
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 2 --- ---
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 100 0.51
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 120 0.61
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 11 2,319 11.76
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 95 0.48
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 446 2.26
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 0 0.00
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 172 0.87
Bible Fellowship Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 73 0.37
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 625 3.17
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 580 2.94
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 51 0.26
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 1,414 7.17
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 452 2.29
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 131 0.66
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 3 926 4.70
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 560 2.84
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 15 2,047 10.38
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 451 2.29
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 140 0.71
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 79 19,240 97.59
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 1 70 0.36
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 1 42 0.21
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 0 2 0.01
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 532 2.70
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 3,485 17.68
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 416 2.11
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 217 1.10
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 --- ---
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 0 0.00
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 1,151 5.84
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 275 1.39
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 18 0.09
Totals: 260 71,913  

The population of Sussex County, Delaware was 197,145 in 2010; in 2000 it was 156,638. The total population changed 25.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (71,913) included 36.5% of the total population in 2010.

* 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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