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District Of Columbia - State Membership Report (2020)

Exact definitions of "congregations" and "adherents" vary by religious body. Congregations may be parishes, churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, or another site where a religious body has regularly scheduled worship services. Adherents generally are members, children who are not members, and others who are not members but are considered participants in the congregation.

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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Catholic Church Catholic Catholic Liturgical Family 41 81,735 118.53
Non-denominational Christian Churches Evangelical Protestant Other Groups Family 145 60,230 87.35
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 61 31,566 45.78
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 82 27,837 40.37
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 28 25,368 36.79
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist Family 26 19,568 28.38
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 32 15,384 22.31
Reform Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 3 11,248 16.31
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 12 9,784 14.19
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 28 9,355 13.57
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 10 7,528 10.92
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 14 7,043 10.21
Ethiopian Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 9 6,900 10.01
Jehovah's Witnesses Jehovah's Witnesses Adventist Family 23 6,088 8.83
Buddhism, Mahayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 4 5,652 8.20
National Missionary Baptist Convention of America Black Protestant Baptist Family 11 5,350 7.76
Conservative Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 2 5,243 7.60
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 16 5,205 7.55
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 9 4,658 6.76
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 11 3,614 5.24
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 4 3,144 4.56
Armenian Apostolic Church (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 3,000 4.35
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 11 2,920 4.23
Buddhism, Vajrayana Buddhism Buddhism Family 6 2,910 4.22
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 12 2,755 4.00
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist Family 5 2,370 3.44
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 7 2,210 3.21
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 3 1,998 2.90
United House of Prayer Black Protestant 5 1,292 1.87
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Black Protestant Baptist Family 6 1,260 1.83
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 1,200 1.74
Orthodox Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 1,200 1.74
Hindu Yoga and Meditation Hinduism 7 1,158 1.68
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 5 810 1.17
Friends General Conference Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 793 1.15
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 5 757 1.10
Independent Judaism Judaism 9 735 1.07
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 725 1.05
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 714 1.04
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 1 653 0.95
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 4 562 0.82
Reconstructionist Judaism Judaism Judaism Family 1 554 0.80
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 550 0.80
Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism Buddhism Family 1 500 0.73
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 434 0.63
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 422 0.61
Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 420 0.61
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 2 420 0.61
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 402 0.58
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 400 0.58
Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 390 0.57
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 324 0.47
United Holy Church of America Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 3 308 0.45
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4 258 0.37
Moravian Church in America (Unitas Fratrum), Northern Province Mainline Protestant 1 221 0.32
Bible Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ World Wide, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 200 0.29
Mennonite Church, USA Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 2 176 0.26
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 159 0.23
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 152 0.22
American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 125 0.18
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 94 0.14
United Reformed Churches in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 51 0.07
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 50 0.07
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference of the United States and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 47 0.07
Georgian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 30 0.04
Swedenborgian Church Other Christians Spiritualist Family 1 27 0.04
Unaffiliated Amish-Mennonite (Conservative) Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 5 0.01
Anglican Province of Christ the King Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 1
Higher Ground Always Abounding Assemblies Evangelical Protestant 1
New Apostolic Church USA Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
American Ethical Union Other Liberal Family 1
Church of the Living God (Christian Workers for Fellowship) Black Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Full Gospel Assemblies International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
The Local Churches Evangelical Protestant 1
Unification Church Other Other Groups Family 2
Every Nation Evangelical Protestant 1
Chabad Judaism Judaism 4
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 4
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 2
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, Oregon Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
Brethren Church (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1
Church of Christ (Holiness) U.S.A Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christians Christian Science Family 3
Unity Churches, Association of Other Christians Other Groups Family 2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 4
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1
Evangelical Free Church of America Evangelical Protestant Methodist Family 1
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 4
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant Other Groups Family 2
North American Lutheran Church Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 1
Christian Brethren (Plymouth Brethren) Evangelical Protestant Independent Fundamentalist Family 2
American Sikh Council Other Other Groups Family 3
Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations Other Christians Other Groups Family 1
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1
           

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population


The population of this state was 689,545 in 2020. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (389,241) included 56.4% of the total population in 2020. The adherence rate is the number of adherents of a given group per 1,000 people in the general population.

Note that data collection methods for religious bodies change over time, affecting the comparability of statistics. For further information, see the U.S. Religion Census website at https://www.usreligioncensus.org/.

The 2020 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include data for 372 religious bodies or groups. Of these, the ASARB was able to gather data on congregations and adherents for 217 and on congregations only for 155.

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