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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 1,290 617,524 262.7
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 788 197,402 84.0
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- 121,542 51.7
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 760 86,502 36.8
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 365 78,121 33.2
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 134 72,952 31.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 434 55,438 23.6
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 136 28,947 12.3
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 201 25,237 10.7
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 117 15,394 6.5
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 60 14,154 6.0
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 57 13,845 5.9
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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17 11,615 4.9
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 68 10,773 4.6
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 43 10,446 4.4
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 116 8,865 3.8
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 61 8,499 3.6
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 83 7,408 3.2
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 57 6,393 2.7
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 18 5,178 2.2
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 27 5,092 2.2
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 66 5,082 2.2
Jewish Other Judaism 12 2,389 1.0
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 2,065 0.9
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 30 1,773 0.8
United Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 1,514 0.6
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 42 1,469 0.6
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 30 1,147 0.5
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 12 1,041 0.4
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 944 0.4
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 6 582 0.2
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 13 508 0.2
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 10 504 0.2
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 8 458 0.2
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 6 452 0.2
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 11 402 0.2
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 7 385 0.2
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 10 361 0.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 5 332 0.1
Converge Worldwide/Baptist General Conference Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 316 0.1
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 4 273 0.1
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 265 0.1
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 240 0.1
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 234 0.1
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 205 0.1
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 176 0.1
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 140 0.1
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 97 0.0
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 4 94 0.0
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 90 0.0
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 73 0.0
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 57 0.0
Association of Free Lutheran Congregations Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 55 0.0
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 52 0.0
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 49 0.0
Fire Baptized Holiness Church, (Wesleyan), The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 22 0.0
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 19 0.0
"Old" Missionary Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 18 --- ---
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 9 --- ---
Interstate & Foreign Landmark Missionary Baptists Association Evangelical Protestant Baptist --- --- ---
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church --- --- ---
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 --- ---
Totals: 5,209 1,425,192  

The population of Arkansas was 2,350,725 in 1990; in 1980 it was 2,378,488. The total population changed -1.2%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,425,192) included 60.6% of the total population in 1990.

* 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.