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