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Arkansas

Religious Traditions, 2010

1,136,611 107,202 205,332 1,200 122,662 41,350 1,301,561
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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Reports


Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1,372 665,307 248.9
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 754 86,342 32.3
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 747 179,383 67.1
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 570 115,916 43.4
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 440 67,187 25.1
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 359 87,244 32.6
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 209 26,268 9.8
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 130 115,967 43.4
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 127 25,345 9.5
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 124 10,285 3.8
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 117 17,110 6.4
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 85 9,339 3.5
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 64 3,998 1.5
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 63 9,367 3.5
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 61 14,088 5.3
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 61 6,669 2.5
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 56 13,956 5.2
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 52 11,475 4.3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 52 14,916 5.6
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 46 --- ---
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 33 1,201 0.4
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 29 1,439 0.5
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 21 5,902 2.2
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 18 1,192 0.4
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 777 0.3
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 15 2,153 0.8
Buddhists Other Other Groups 11 --- ---
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 1,280 0.5
Jewish Other Judaism 10 1,600 0.6
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 9 465 0.2
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 422 0.2
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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8 4,750 1.8
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 805 0.3
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 7 15,374 5.8
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 296 0.1
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 6 1,137 0.4
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 6 2,044 0.8
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 6 566 0.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 6 575 0.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 270 0.1
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 206 0.1
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 650 0.2
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Other Groups 4 73 0.0
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 4 118 0.0
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 4 644 0.2
Amish; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 284 0.1
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 3 --- ---
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 57 0.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 100 0.0
Mennonite; Other Groups Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 3 106 0.0
Southwide Baptist Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 147 0.1
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 256 0.1
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 81 0.0
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 346 0.1
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 55 0.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 483 0.2
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 178 0.1
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 44 0.0
Landmark Missionary Baptists, Independent Associations and Unaffiliated Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 123 0.0
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 87 0.0
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 7 0.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 162 0.1
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 78 0.0
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 45 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 35 0.0
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 51 0.0
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches and other Fundamental Bapti Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 47 0.0
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 19 0.0
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 45 0.0
Orthodox Presbyterian Church, The Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 22 0.0
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA (New Gracanica Metropolitanate) Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Tao Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
(Original) Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism --- --- ---
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, OR Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Berea Amish Mennonite* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Central Yearly Meeting of Friends* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science --- --- ---
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist --- --- ---
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Church of God of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Congregational Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Evangelical Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Grace Gospel Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
Heritage Reformed Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist --- --- ---
International Fellowship of Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant
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Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist --- --- ---
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran --- --- ---
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups --- --- ---
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Reform Judaism Other Judaism --- --- ---
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed --- --- ---
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist --- --- ---
Tampico Amish Mennonite* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal --- --- ---
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups --- --- ---
Totals: 5,802 1,526,959  

The population of Arkansas was 2,673,400 in 2000; in 1990 it was 2,350,725. The total population changed 13.7%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,526,959) included 57.1% of the total population in 2000.

* 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 www.usreligioncensus.org for those who are interested in these trends.

Source

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.