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Religious Traditions, 2010

703,897 128,611 495,343 34,736 812,598 332,627 3,128,420
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 637 213,941 38.0
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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555 275,515 48.9
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 411 199,725 35.4
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 217 812,598 144.2
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 184 86,708 15.4
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 170 87,925 15.6
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 138 45,580 8.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 132 42,142 7.5
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 128 64,543 11.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 121 52,206 9.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 111 34,372 6.1
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 69 15,761 2.8
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 63 42,921 7.6
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 58 133,826 23.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 52 8,812 1.6
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 48 11,819 2.1
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 47 --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 46 17,612 3.1
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 46 41,759 7.4
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 46 11,462 2.0
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 45 20,327 3.6
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 42 24,825 4.4
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 40 6,586 1.2
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 39 4,380 0.8
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 39 16,419 2.9
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 33 --- ---
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 32 834 0.1
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 31 3,192 0.6
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 29 6,743 1.2
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 29 7,140 1.3
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 28 --- ---
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 26 3,842 0.7
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 26 --- ---
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 26 6,251 1.1
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 24 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 22 9,367 1.7
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 21 2,770 0.5
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 20 3,196 0.6
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism 20 26,828 4.8
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 20 29,249 5.2
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 19 17,220 3.1
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 19 4,173 0.7
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 18 1,609 0.3
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 17 --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 17 --- ---
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 17 10,636 1.9
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 17 2,795 0.5
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 16 3,054 0.5
Korean-American Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 15 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 15 2,796 0.5
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 2,333 0.4
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 14 --- ---
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 13 7,988 1.4
Buddhism, Vajrayana Other Other Groups 13 1,123 0.2
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 13 --- ---
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 --- ---
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 12 941 0.2
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 11 3,467 0.6
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 2,620 0.5
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 10 --- ---
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 10 12,266 2.2
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 9 3,267 0.6
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 635 0.1
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 --- ---
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 1,176 0.2
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups 8 --- ---
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 2,097 0.4
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 433 0.1
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 7 16,975 3.0
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 7 948 0.2
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal 7 --- ---
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 6 1,375 0.2
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 748 0.1
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 4,252 0.8
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 6 --- ---
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 6 743 0.1
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 378 0.1
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 6 1,395 0.2
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 5 --- ---
Hindu, Renaissance Other Other Groups 5 496 0.1
Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 --- ---
Reconstructionist Judaism Other Judaism 5 2,487 0.4
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism 5 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 753 0.1
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 489 0.1
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 559 0.1
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 4 548 0.1
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 1,036 0.2
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 190 0.0
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 1,300 0.2
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 880 0.2
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 898 0.2
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 --- ---
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 435 0.1
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 391 0.1
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 --- ---
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 120 0.0
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 3,400 0.6
Eritrean Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 1,600 0.3
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 143 0.0
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 135 0.0
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 111 0.0
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 194 0.0
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Jain Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 2 5,109 0.9
National Spiritualist Association of Churches Other Spiritualist 2 --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 860 0.2
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 --- ---
Unaffiliated Conservative Amish Mennonite Church* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 48 0.0
Unaffiliated Friends Meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 --- ---
American Association of Lutheran Churches Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 18 0.0
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, OR Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 40 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 2,000 0.4
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,000 0.2
Armenian Evangelical Churches (Additional) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Assemblies of God International Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 84 0.0
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 92 0.0
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 --- ---
Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A. Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 --- ---
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 --- ---
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 51 0.0
Elim Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Georgian Orthodox Parishes in the United States Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 60 0.0
Hungarian Reformed Churches (Additional) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 108 0.0
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 54 0.0
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 299 0.1
Reformed Presbyterian Church Hanover Presbytery Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 131 0.0
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 2,000 0.4
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist 1 --- ---
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 185 0.0
Tao Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 300 0.1
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 1 589 0.1
Totals: 4,466 2,507,812  

The population of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 5,636,232 in 2010; in 2000 it was 4,837,428. The total population changed 16.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,507,812) included 44.5% of the total population in 2010.

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 24 counties: Alexandria city, Virginia, Arlington County, Virginia, Calvert County, Maryland, Charles County, Maryland, Clarke County, Virginia, Culpeper County, Virginia, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, Fairfax city, Virginia, Fairfax County, Virginia, Falls Church city, Virginia, Fauquier County, Virginia, Frederick County, Maryland, Fredericksburg city, Virginia, Jefferson County, West Virginia, Loudoun County, Virginia, Manassas city, Virginia, Manassas Park city, Virginia, Montgomery County, Maryland, Prince George's County, Maryland, Prince William County, Virginia, Rappahannock County, Virginia, Spotsylvania County, Virginia, Stafford County, Virginia, Warren County, Virginia.

* 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 www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

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.