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: 6,097,684

(An increase of 8.19 % in the past 5 years.)

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

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StatusPG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
QuechuaPeruAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansEthnic Religions100
MamGuatemalaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansEthnic Religions1,000
BolivianBoliviaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic21,000
NicaraguanNicaraguaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic14,187
Saint LucianSaint LuciaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity50
ParaguayanParaguayAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic1,793
AfghanAfghanistanCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam18,533
UrduPakistanCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam42,941
Meskhetian TurkGeorgiaCentral Asia PeoplesTurkic PeoplesIslam - Sunni590
AzerbaijaniAzerbaijanCentral Asia PeoplesTurkic PeoplesIslam - Shia3,200
Iranian, PersianIranCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam39,919
TurkTurkeyCentral Asia PeoplesTurkic PeoplesIslam - Sunni5,733
Chinese, HakkaTaiwanEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions - Chinese Universalism / Folk450
MongolianMongoliaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism2,600
FlemishBelgiumEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic1,050
ItalianItalyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic1,419
GermanGermanyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox1,738
GreekGreeceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox429
RussianRussiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox1,823
PolePolandEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic493
Ethiopian, AmharaEthiopiaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesHorn of AfricaChristianity - Orthodox101,250
Ethiopian, OromoEthiopiaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesHorn of AfricaChristianity - Orthodox25,000
SomaliSomaliaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesHorn of AfricaIslam - Sunni5,000
Arab, SudaneseSudanNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni5,000
Arab, MoroccanMoroccoNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni15,634

Get Involved

To get started with mobilizing yourself or your church for the Washington, DC Metro mission field, initiatives and contact info follows ...

"North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention" (NAMB)

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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.