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Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

703,897 128,611 495,343 812,598 34,736 332,627 3,128,420
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic Orthodox 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
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 15 2,869 0.59
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 142 88,041 18.20
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 621 0.13
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 21 0.00
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 1,888 0.39
Apostolic Christian Church of America, Inc. Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 19 0.00
Apostolic Christian Churches (Nazarene) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 34 0.01
Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Catholicosate of Cilicia) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 924 0.19
Armenian Church of North America (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,000 0.21
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 88 23,442 4.85
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 671 0.14
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 38 0.01
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 40 3,310 0.68
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 63 0.01
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 126 0.03
Brethren In Christ Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 107 0.02
Buddhists Other Other Groups 57 --- ---
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 440 0.09
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 209 901,095 186.28
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 29 3,262 0.67
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 29 8,807 1.82
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 18 2,939 0.61
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 622 0.13
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 17 1,505 0.31
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 53 17,673 3.65
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 96 0.02
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 21 1,193 0.25
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 102 37,748 7.80
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 24 6,334 1.31
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 34 5,918 1.22
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 51 8,529 1.76
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 449 0.09
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 4 595 0.12
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 545 0.11
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 52 0.01
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 6,381 1.32
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 195 95,845 19.81
Evangelical Covenant Church, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 213 0.04
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 8 1,486 0.31
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 118 58,710 12.14
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 4,027 0.83
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 1,858 0.38
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 578 0.12
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 13 1,711 0.35
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 893 0.18
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 7 9,297 1.92
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Vasiloupulis Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 1,045 0.22
Hindus Other Other Groups 30 --- ---
Holy Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 110 0.02
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 11,287 2.33
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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24 21,745 4.50
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 2,492 0.52
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 1,235 0.26
International Pentecostal Church of Christ Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 299 0.06
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 14 1,500 0.31
Jain Other Other Groups 2 --- ---
Jewish Other Judaism 78 166,800 34.48
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 38 17,551 3.63
Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 81 0.02
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 375 0.08
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 13 1,261 0.26
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 29 0.01
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 4 847 0.18
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 1,117 0.23
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 45 137,961 28.52
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 935 0.19
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 4 1,052 0.22
Orthodox Church in America: Bulgarian Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 354 0.07
Orthodox Church in America: Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 400 0.08
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 1,211 0.25
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 239 0.05
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 142 52,761 10.91
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 44 10,031 2.07
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 18 --- ---
Progressive Primitive Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 56 0.01
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 --- ---
Reformed Church in America Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 292 0.06
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 19 0.00
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 13 4,449 0.92
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 555 0.11
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA (New Gracanica Metropolitanate) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 87 33,131 6.85
Sikh Other Other Groups 10 --- ---
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 463 207,734 42.94
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 --- ---
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 280 0.06
Tao Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 369 0.08
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 20 7,821 1.62
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 43 16,931 3.50
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 437 206,523 42.69
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 476 0.10
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 25 10,510 2.17
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 6 1,310 0.27
Zoroastrian Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Totals: 3,015 2,225,149  

The population of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 4,837,428 in 2000; in 1990 it was 4,157,327. The total population changed 16.4%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (2,225,149) included 46.0% 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.


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