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Dover, DE, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

14,992 3,245 14,931 16,679 100 2,718 109,645
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
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 4 12,964 102.32
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 29 10,567 83.40
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 1,955 15.43
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 5 1,712 13.51
Jewish Other Judaism 1 1,600 12.63
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 1,586 12.52
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 1,345 10.62
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 1,193 9.42
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 998 7.88
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 914 7.21
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 650 5.13
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 631 4.98
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 628 4.96
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 608 4.80
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 545 4.30
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 471 3.72
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 449 3.54
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 356 2.81
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 222 1.75
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 161 1.27
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 135 1.07
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 133 1.05
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 116 0.92
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 110 0.87
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 100 0.79
Eastern Pennsylvania Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 91 0.72
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 80 0.63
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 2 77 0.61
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 76 0.60
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 62 0.49
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 60 0.47
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 39 0.31
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 24 0.19
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 23 0.18
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Totals: 109 40,681  

The population of the Dover, DE, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 126,697 in 2000; in 1990 it was 110,993. The total population changed 14.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (40,681) included 32.1% 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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