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Fort Smith, AR-OK, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

121,597 928 19,872 60 14,037 5,191 118,782
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Orthodox Catholic Other Unclaimed

Congregational adherents include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services. The 2010 reports contain incomplete counts of congregations and adherents belonging to the eight largest historically African-American denominations. These denominations are not included in the 2000 reports and are largely missing from the 1990 and 1980 reports.
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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 125 0.4
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 23 3,968 14.1
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, OR Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 44 0.2
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 65 13,969 49.8
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 54 0.2
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 2 675 2.4
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 --- ---
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 13 14,037 50.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 37 0.1
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Restoration Movement 3 629 2.2
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 6 1,041 3.7
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 187 0.7
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Other Groups 1 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 129 0.5
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 60 0.2
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 2 --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 2 243 0.9
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 97 0.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 6 3,313 11.8
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 16 1,928 6.9
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Restoration Movement 49 5,200 18.5
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 96 0.3
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 3 468 1.7
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 189 0.7
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 995 3.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 380 1.4
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 --- ---
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 82 0.3
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 0 ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 1 --- ---
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
International Fellowship of Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant
1 --- ---
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 76 0.3
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 7 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 6 969 3.5
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 2 616 2.2
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 37 4,298 15.3
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 186 0.7
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 187 0.7
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
46 11,795 42.1
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 60 0.2
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 26 2,827 10.1
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 2,230 8.0
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 1 65 0.2
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 548 2.0
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 7 947 3.4
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 163 73,091 260.6
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 53 15,638 55.8
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 206 0.7
Totals: 591 161,685  

The population of the Fort Smith, AR-OK, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 280,467 in 2010; in 2000 it was 255,399. The total population changed 9.8%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (161,685) included 57.6% of the total population in 2010.

Fort Smith, AR-OK, Metropolitan Statistical Area includes the following 4 counties: Crawford County, Arkansas, Le Flore County, Oklahoma, Sebastian County, Arkansas, Sequoyah County, Oklahoma.

* In an effort to better match the ASARB standards for adherents, a few religious bodies changed the way their adherents were reported in 2010, including the Catholic Church, Amish groups, Friends groups, Jewish groups, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Non-denominational Christian Churches, and the United Methodist Church. This change does not affect any of the data in the newly released 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. In fact, the data for these groups are now more comparable to that of other bodies than it was in previous decadal reports.

However, the change in methodology can distort assessments on growth or decline between 2000 and 2010 for each of these groups. County-level 2000 data using the new methodology are not readily available. ASARB staff has adjusted some 2000 county-level adherent statistics to allow for a more accurate picture on growth or decline. The revised maps and charts are now available on-line at for those who are interested in these trends.


2010 data were collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB) and include statistics for 236 religious groups, providing information on the number of their congregations and adherents within each state and county in the United States. Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E. Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H. Taylor supervised the collection. These data originally appeared in 2010 U.S. Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study, published by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). [More information on the data collection]

The adherence rate provides the number of adherents of a particular group per 1,000 population. For example, in 2010 the Episcopal Church had an adherence rate of 7.6 in Autauga County, Alabama. This means that about 8 out of every 1,000 people in Autauga County were Episcopalian.

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