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Arkansas

Denominational Groups, 2000

1,153,527 236,596 606 115,967 20,263 1,146,441
Evangelical Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational "adherents" include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The historically African American denominations are not included in the 2000 congregation and membership totals. Many are also missing in 1990 and most historically African American denominations are missing in the 1980 reports.
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Reports


Religious Bodies Theology Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant 1,372 665,307 248.9
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant 747 179,383 67.1
Catholic Church Catholic 130 115,967 43.4
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant 570 115,916 43.4
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant 359 87,244 32.6
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 754 86,342 32.3
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant 440 67,187 25.1
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant 209 26,268 9.8
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant 127 25,345 9.5
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant 117 17,110 6.4
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 7 15,374 5.8
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Theology 52 14,916 5.6
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant 61 14,088 5.3
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant 56 13,956 5.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant 52 11,475 4.3
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant 124 10,285 3.9
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 63 9,367 3.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant 85 9,339 3.5
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant 61 6,669 2.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant 21 5,902 2.2
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant 8 4,750 1.8
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 64 3,998 1.5
Salvation Army, The Evangelical Protestant 15 2,153 0.8
Muslim Estimate Other Theology 6 2,044 0.8
Jewish Estimate Other Theology 10 1,600 0.6
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant 29 1,439 0.5
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel Evangelical Protestant 10 1,280 0.5
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant 33 1,201 0.5
Community of Christ Evangelical Protestant 18 1,192 0.5
Bahá'í Other Theology 6 1,137 0.4
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant 8 805 0.3
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant 15 777 0.3
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant 5 650 0.2
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant 4 644 0.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant 6 575 0.2
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Theology 6 566 0.2
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox 2 483 0.2
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 9 465 0.2
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant 8 422 0.2
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant 2 346 0.1
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant 6 296 0.1
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 3 284 0.1
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant 5 270 0.1
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant 3 256 0.1
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant 5 206 0.1
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant 2 178 0.1
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant 1 162 0.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant 3 147 0.1
Landmark Missionary Baptists, Independent Associations and Unaffiliated Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 123 0.1
Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches Mainline Protestant 4 118 0.0
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant 3 106 0.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant 3 100 0.0
Mennonite Brethren Churches, U.S. Conference of Evangelical Protestant 2 87 0.0
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches Evangelical Protestant 2 81 0.0
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox 1 78 0.0
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant 4 73 0.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant 3 57 0.0
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant 2 55 0.0
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant 1 51 0.0
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Baptist Associations/Fellowships Evangelical Protestant 1 47 0.0
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant 1 45 0.0
Orthodox Church in America: Territorial Dioceses Orthodox 1 45 0.0
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant 2 44 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant 1 35 0.0
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant 1 22 0.0
Old Order Amish Church Evangelical Protestant 1 19 0.0
Old Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant 1 7 0.0
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a. n.a.
Buddhism Other Theology 11 n.a. n.a.
Primitive Baptist Churches--Old Line Evangelical Protestant 46 n.a. n.a.
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Tao Other Theology 1 n.a. n.a.
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA (New Gracanica Metropolitanate) Orthodox 1 n.a. n.a.
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant 3 n.a. n.a.
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant 1 n.a. n.a.
Totals (Unadjusted)*: 5,802 1,526,959  
Total (Adjusted)**:   1,897,966  
The population of these 75 counties (or equivalents) in 1990 was 2,350,725; in 2000 it was 2,673,400. The total population changed 13.7%. The unadjusted adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,526,959) include 57.1% of the total population in 2000. The adjusted total adherents (1,897,966) include 71.0% of the population.

Source

*The “Unadjusted Totals” come from the 1990 and 2000 data collected by representatives of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). While quite comprehensive, this data excludes most of the historically African-American denominations and some other major groups. As a result, these numbers will be an underestimate of the total adherence rate, particularly in areas with a large African-American population. The 2000 data included 149 religious groups and the final results are published in Religious Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Copyright © 2002, All rights reserved. The 1990 data included 132 groups and the final results are published in Churches and Church Membership in the United States 1990 Copyright © 1990, All rights reserved. Published by Glenmary Research Center, 1312 Fifth Ave., North, Nashville, TN 37208. www.glenmary.org [More information on the data collection]

**The “Adjusted Totals” include all adherents in the denominations counted by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and estimates adherent totals for the historically African-American denominations and other religious groups not listed in the ASARB totals. An article by Roger Finke and Christopher P. Scheitle (2005) reviews how these estimates were computed.

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2000 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of approximately 8 (8.1) in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County are Episcopalian.

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