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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
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 14 2,600 16.02
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 459 2.83
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 186 1.15
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 5 16,679 102.76
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 105 0.65
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 9 1,424 8.77
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 --- ---
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 2,467 15.20
Bible Fellowship Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 41 0.25
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 65 0.40
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 248 1.53
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 130 0.80
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 242 1.49
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 14 0.09
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 124 0.76
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 844 5.20
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 120 0.74
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 64 0.39
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 744 4.58
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
21 4,216 25.97
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 109 0.67
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 432 2.66
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 135 0.83
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 6 786 4.84
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 1,392 8.58
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 1,290 7.95
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 3 784 4.83
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 5 1,115 6.87
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 595 3.67
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 1 61 0.38
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 448 2.76
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 273 1.68
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 28 11,655 71.81
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 100 0.62
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 2 73 0.45
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 1 100 0.62
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 4 1,839 11.33
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 1 161 0.99
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 1 176 1.08
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 3 --- ---
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 308 1.90
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 61 0.38
Totals: 158 52,665  

The population of the Dover, DE, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 162,310 in 2010; in 2000 it was 126,697. The total population changed 28.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (52,665) included 32.4% 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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