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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 39 0.0
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 27 51,053 12.3
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 101 60,839 14.6
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 145 0.0
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 1 0.0
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
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 4,000 1.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 79 18,510 4.5
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 965 0.2
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 29 0.0
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 178 0.0
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 272,240 65.5
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 48 0.0
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 91 0.0
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 199 675,466 162.5
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 24 2,646 0.6
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 17 1,508 0.4
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 28 7,654 1.8
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 30 3,264 0.8
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 503 0.1
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 26 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 19 1,670 0.4
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 38 11,822 2.8
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 135 0.0
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 126 0.0
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 17 749 0.2
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 79 31,373 7.5
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 25 6,119 1.5
Church of the Lutheran Confession Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 22 0.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 27 4,661 1.1
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 44 7,971 1.9
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 605 0.1
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 89 0.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 192 92,474 22.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 369 0.1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 115 55,774 13.4
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 2,510 0.6
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 984 0.2
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 10 509 0.1
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 16 2,751 0.7
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 6 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 7 --- ---
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 18 16,900 4.1
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
28 26,331 6.3
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 227 0.1
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 295 0.1
Jewish Other Judaism 55 165,740 39.9
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 517 0.1
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 37 18,087 4.4
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 14 1,144 0.3
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 1,049 0.3
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 1,150 0.3
North American Baptist Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 54 0.0
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 5 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 75 0.0
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 137 52,655 12.7
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 33 5,926 1.4
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 14 229 0.1
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 11 1,548 0.4
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 134 0.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 60 24,363 5.9
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 349 182,031 43.8
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 500 0.1
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 19 8,204 2.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 44 16,813 4.0
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 433 201,222 48.4
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 16 4,790 1.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 805 0.2
Totals: 2,486 2,050,726  

The population of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 4,157,327 in 1990; in 1980 it was 3,426,648. The total population changed 21.3%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,050,726) included 49.3% of the total population in 1990.

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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