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District Of Columbia

Religious Traditions, 2010

75,306 50,602 82,388 75,948 14,050 34,048 269,381
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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 15 39,500 65.08
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 41 77,532 127.75
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 771 1.27
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 28 0.05
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 34 0.06
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 102,897 169.55
Brethren Church, The (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 38 0.06
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 169 0.28
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 5 283 0.47
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 10 0 0.00
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 179 0.29
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 6 666 1.10
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 274 0.45
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 72 0.12
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 259 0.43
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 788 1.30
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 972 1.60
Conservative Baptist Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 0 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 5,950 9.80
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 2,000 3.30
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 4 1,156 1.90
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 5 466 0.77
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 445 0.73
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 95 0.16
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 10 5,556 9.15
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 29 17,597 28.99
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 39 33,744 55.60
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 5 1,358 2.24
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 34 16,273 26.81
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 13 4,353 7.17
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 4 638 1.05
Moravian Church in America--Northern Province Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 160 0.26
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 17 9,629 15.87
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 4,945 8.15
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 35 18,321 30.19
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 10 0.02
Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, North American Dioceses Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 1 0.00
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 500 0.82
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 6 --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 336 0.55
Jewish Other Judaism 13 25,400 41.85
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 3 765 1.26
Totals: 343 374,160  

The population of District Of Columbia was 606,900 in 1990; in 1980 it was 638,333. The total population changed -4.9%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (374,160) included 61.7% of the total population in 1990.

* 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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