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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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Advent Christian Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 86 0.0
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 22 43,597 12.7
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 1,093 0.3
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 76 51,480 15.0
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 45 0.0
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 450 0.1
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 62 13,718 4.0
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 122 0.0
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 199 0.1
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 132 0.0
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 193 560,249 163.5
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 1,216 0.4
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 10 635 0.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 31 9,683 2.8
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 18 2,280 0.7
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 10 9,005 2.6
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 471 0.1
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 14 3,246 0.9
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 39 3,629 1.1
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 2 0.0
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 164 0.0
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 43 17,277 5.0
Church of Jesus Christ, The (Bickertonites) Other Latter-day Saints 1 37 0.0
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 26 7,528 2.2
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 26 4,870 1.4
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 36 6,310 1.8
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 79 0.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 185 97,687 28.5
Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 129 0.0
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 219 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 331 0.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 114 57,705 16.8
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 271 0.1
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 1,827 0.5
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 7 1,895 0.6
General Church of the New Jerusalem Other Spiritualist 1 81 0.0
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 822 0.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 876 0.3
Jewish Other Judaism 30 20,523 6.0
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 530 0.2
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 36 16,590 4.8
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 322 0.1
Mennonite Church, The General Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 102 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 2 410 0.1
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 875 0.3
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 175 0.1
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 662 0.2
Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 117 0.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 239 58,455 17.1
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 1,131 0.3
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 3,803 1.1
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 92 0.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 42 9,774 2.9
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 293 170,394 49.7
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist 1 70 0.0
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 14 5,788 1.7
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 42 16,936 4.9
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 438 203,097 59.3
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 2 456 0.1
Totals: 2,163 1,409,748  

The population of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 3,426,648 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,409,748) included 41.1% of the total population in 1980.

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 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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