Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, VA

The Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Area, the capital of the United States, includes all of the federal district and parts of the U.S. states of Maryland and Virginia, along with a small portion of West Virginia.

Washington, D.C., is known as a worldwide hub of influence and the nerve center for U.S. policy and politics. Considered one of the most globally diverse cities in the world, people from across the globe live, work, study and represent their home countries in America’s capital city.

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Total Population: 6,356,434

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 1,310,041
  • Language Spoken at Home - 1,434,705

[Source: American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Foreign Born and Language Spoken at Home]

Quick Facts

  • The city of Washington, D.C. is formally known as the District of Columbia, but is commonly referred to as Washington, "the District", or simply D.C.

  • Ranked as the highest-educated Metro Area in the nation for four decades.

  • Ranked as the highest-income metropolitan area in the nation.

  • The largest Hispanic group is Salvadoran, accounting for an estimated 13,184 of DC city's 45,901 Hispanics.

  • Home to over 176 National Embassies

  • Home to international organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Pan American Health Organization.

  • Washington, D.C., has fourteen official sister city agreements. The first agreement was with Bangkok, Thailand (1962, renewed 2002); and the latest was with Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2013).

  • Asian American women have the highest life expectancy of any group in the region, at 92.3 years.

  • There are very few gospel centered churches in the city compared to the population size.


As the capital of the United States, the Metro Area has a diverse population with people groups and nationalities coming from all over the world. Moreover, those coming have high education levels. On the other hand, though, disparity does exist among people groups in terms of their socio-economic status with some having very high incomes while others do not. In comparison to other Metro Areas in the United States, the Metro Area has a high percentage of people with a college and post-graduate degrees. The most populated regional place of birth for the foreign born is Latin America as revealed in the following ...

There are very few gospel centered churches in the city compared to the population size. Many of these churches have little or no outreach to the multitude of people groups surrounding them. Reaching the diverse population requires overcoming barriers of affluence and poverty, language and culture, religion and prejudice, and the darkness of spiritual liberalism and indifference.

People Group Highlights

Displaying 1-25 of 55 results.
PG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
AfghanAfghanistanCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam33,236
ThaiThailandSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Theravada11,759
Arab, SudaneseSudanNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni5,000
ChadianChadSub-Saharan African PeoplesSub-Saharan AfricanIslam1,900
Malay, BruneiBruneiSoutheast Asian PeoplesMalay PeoplesIslam - Sunni700
GaboneseGabonSub-Saharan African PeoplesSub-Saharan AfricanChristianity - Roman Catholic375
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism49,254
UrduPakistanCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam42,941
PersianIranCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam39,919
Gujarati (Hindu)IndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism34,109
BengaliBangladeshSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesIslam - Sunni23,908
Arab, MoroccanMoroccoNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni15,634
Arab, Lebanese (Christian)LebanonNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldChristianity - Roman Catholic12,297
Arab, EgyptianEgyptNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam9,633
Punjabi SikhIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesOther Religions - Sikhism8,618
Arab, IraqiIraqNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam7,238
Arab, Lebanese (Muslim)LebanonNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni6,904
TeluguIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism6,100
Arab, Palestinian (Muslim)IsraelNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam6,078
TurkTurkeyCentral Asia PeoplesTurkic PeoplesIslam - Sunni5,733
SomaliSomaliaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesHorn of AfricaIslam - Sunni5,000
KannadaIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism4,900
AzerbaijaniAzerbaijanCentral Asia PeoplesTurkic PeoplesIslam - Shia3,200
MalianMaliSub-Saharan African PeoplesSub-Saharan AfricanIslam - Sunni2,900
MongolianMongoliaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism2,600

Ethnic Links

Diplomatic Embassies - a list of Embassies in the Metro Area.

CultureCaptital.com - links of multi-cultural and ethnic festivals, events, etc in the DC area.

Embassy of the Republic of Congo - a web page describing the various people groups originating from Congo.

Office on Asian and Pacific Islanders Affairs - aims to increase awareness of Asian American communities in Washington, D.C. and increase awareness of resources on Asian American community in Washington, D.C.

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