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District Of Columbia - State Membership Report (2000)

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 42 160,048 279.78
Muslim Estimate Islam Islam Family 16 60,479 105.72
American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. Mainline Protestant Baptist Family 62 51,836 90.61
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 49 38,852 67.92
Jewish Congregations Judaism Judaism Family 11 25,500 44.58
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Anglican/Episcopal Family 34 19,698 34.43
United Methodist Church Mainline Protestant Methodist Family 33 15,313 26.77
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 17 8,273 14.46
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist Family 9 7,508 13.12
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) Family 8 4,848 8.47
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 4,317 7.55
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran Family 13 4,048 7.08
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 2,492 4.36
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 3 1,588 2.78
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restorationists Family 4 1,548 2.71
Assemblies of God, General Council of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 7 1,526 2.67
Armenian Apostolic Church (Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 1,000 1.75
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) Evangelical Protestant Lutheran Family 3 739 1.29
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 2 714 1.25
Unitarian Universalist Association Other Christians Liberal Family 2 714 1.25
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restorationists Family 4 630 1.10
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 3 609 1.06
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant Other Groups Family 1 588 1.03
Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 555 0.97
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 2 550 0.96
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 6 498 0.87
Mennonite Church, USA Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 4 481 0.84
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 2 451 0.79
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada, and Australia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 440 0.77
Orthodox Church in America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1 405 0.71
Baha'i Faith Other Other Groups Family 1 357 0.62
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 5 277 0.48
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 2 250 0.44
Moravian Church in America (Unitas Fratrum), Northern Province Mainline Protestant 1 235 0.41
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) Family 1 214 0.37
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 2 213 0.37
Christian Reformed Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian/Reformed Family 1 175 0.31
Brethren Church (Ashland, Ohio) Evangelical Protestant Friends/Brethren Family 1 126 0.22
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 2 110 0.19
Wesleyan Church Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 95 0.17
Christian and Missionary Alliance Evangelical Protestant Holiness Family 1 90 0.16
Conservative Baptist Association of America (CBAmerica) Evangelical Protestant Baptist Family 1 65 0.11
Association of Vineyard Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal Family 1 48 0.08
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant Mennonite/Amish Family 1 21 0.04
Apostolic Christian Church of America Evangelical Protestant Froehlich Churches Family 1 19 0.03
Buddhists Buddhism Buddhism Family 15
Hindus Hinduism Hinduism Family 3
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1
Serbian Metropolitanate of New Gracanica Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) Family 1
American Sikh Council Other Other Groups Family 3
Tao Other Other Groups Family 1

Religious Traditions (1980 - 2020), Percent of Population

The population of this state was 572,059 in 2000. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (418,543) included 73.2% of the total population in 2000. 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

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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