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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 % Change
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist +143 -3,925 -0.6%
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist +16 +3,291 +49.3%
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints +10 +12,643 +84.8%
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups +7 +1,702 +83.3%
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +7 +3,962 +38.5%
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +6 +193 +75.4%
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +5 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +5 -2,245 -15.9%
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist +3 --- ---
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +2 +342 +438.5%
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +2 +350 +432.1%
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness +2 +152 +56.3%
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +2 +657 +7.0%
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +2 +153 +44.2%
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness +1 +958 +66.6%
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church +1 +34 +75.6%
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism +1 -487 -3.5%
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 --- ---
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +1 +123 +15.3%
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal +1 +144 +25.4%
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist +0 -49 -30.2%
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Other Groups +0 --- ---
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist +0 -71 -34.5%
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist +0 +294 +45.2%
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran +0 -1,452 -24.6%
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness +0 +13 +37.1%
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 -153 -31.7%
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal +0 +369 +47.5%
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 +15 +33.3%
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) +0 --- ---
Tao Other Other Groups +0 --- ---
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed +0 +89 +60.5%
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran +0 +12 +2.1%
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -1 -144 -48.6%
Bahá'í Other Other Groups -1 +129 +11.3%
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -1 -18 -32.7%
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints -1 +854 +71.6%
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist -1 -137 -77.0%
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -1 -28 -28.0%
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness -1 -64 -3.0%
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church -1 -24 -27.6%
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist -2 -3,628 -31.6%
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -2 -353 -27.6%
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist -2 --- ---
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -3 -406 -10.2%
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -3 -438 -68.0%
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -4 +1,759 +2.6%
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism -4 +6,695 +5.8%
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist -6 -393 -4.2%
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal -6 -187 -15.6%
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -6 -404 -95.7%
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness -9 -819 -4.8%
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist -16 -4,465 -17.0%
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed -16 -4,809 -19.0%
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist -33 -1,707 -2.0%
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist -56 -20,809 -11.6%
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist -107 -35,102 -30.3%
(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 --- --- ---
Berea Amish Mennonite* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Central Yearly Meeting of Friends* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
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 --- --- ---
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) --- --- ---
Evangelical Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness --- --- ---
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: -65 -47,384 -3%

The population of Arkansas was 2,915,918 in 2010; in 2000 it was 2,673,400. The total population changed 9.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,614,357) included 55.4% of the total population in 2010.

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.