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Religious Traditions, 2010

75,306 50,602 82,388 14,050 75,948 34,048 269,381
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 % Change
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +1 +285 +316.7%
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 +1,095 +270.4%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +0 +2,507 +164.3%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 +5,183 +120.1%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal +1 +712 +99.7%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +1 +83 +75.5%
Bahá'í Other Other Groups +0 +164 +45.9%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -1 +72 +26.0%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness +3 +119 +21.6%
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran -1 +82 +11.1%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist +0 +57 +3.7%
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 +0 +0.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist +0 -10 -1.6%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism -2 -1,147 -5.8%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness +0 -52 -10.4%
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 -19 -10.9%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran +0 -743 -18.4%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -1 -1,838 -22.2%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +0 -25 -26.3%
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +0 -34 -27.0%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -1 -58 -27.2%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist +1 -14,457 -27.9%
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups +0 -176 -29.9%
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 -1,451 -29.9%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist -4 -4,649 -30.4%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist +2 -2,289 -30.5%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints -2 -189 -31.0%
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +14 -12,252 -31.5%
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints +0 -77 -36.0%
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist +0 -92 -39.1%
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism +3 -84,100 -52.5%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -1 -354 -73.6%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness +0 -1,231 -77.5%
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -614 -86.0%
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups -9 -56,447 -93.3%
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism --- --- ---
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, OR Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Armenian Evangelical Churches (Additional) Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist +0 --- ---
Conservative Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Eritrean Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Ethiopian Orthodox Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Friends General Conference and Friends United Meeting, dually aligned meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Grace Brethren Churches, Fellowship of Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Hungarian Reformed Churches (Additional) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 --- ---
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Spiritualist Association of Churches Other Spiritualist --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 --- ---
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Sikh Other Other Groups -2 --- ---
Swedenborgian Church Other Spiritualist --- --- ---
Tao Other Other Groups +0 --- ---
Unaffiliated Conservative Amish Mennonite Church* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Unaffiliated Friends Meetings* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Judaism --- --- ---
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: +4 -171,945 -44%

The population of District Of Columbia was 601,723 in 2010; in 2000 it was 572,059. The total population changed 5.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (332,342) included 55.2% of the total population in 2010.

The population of District Of Columbia was 572,059 in 2000; in 1990 it was 606,900. The total population changed -5.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (418,543) included 73.2% of the total population in 2000.

* 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.