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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 Adherence Rate
African Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 184 27,991 9.6
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 14 1,787 0.6
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 79 11,199 3.8
Church of God in Christ Black Protestant Pentecostal 103 17,353 6.0
Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship Black Protestant Baptist 3 --- ---
National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 9 1,559 0.5
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 105 38,559 13.2
National Missionary Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 49 8,569 2.9
Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Black Protestant Baptist 1 185 0.1
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 126 122,662 42.1
(Original) Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 --- ---
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 463 80,814 27.7
Amish Groups, undifferentiated* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 130 0.0
Anglican Church in North America Evangelical Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 9 --- ---
Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland, OR Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 44 0.0
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 436 68,946 23.6
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 5 152 0.1
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 431 0.1
Berea Amish Mennonite* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 107 0.0
Calvary Chapel Fellowship Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 --- ---
Central Yearly Meeting of Friends* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 10 0.0
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 422 0.1
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 57 8,974 3.1
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Other Groups 4 --- ---
Church of Christ (Holiness), U.S.A Evangelical Protestant Holiness 7 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 30 2,397 0.8
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 87 9,996 3.4
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 --- ---
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 135 0.0
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 4 499 0.2
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 27 1,014 0.3
Church of God of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 12 --- ---
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 37 0.0
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 108 16,291 5.6
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 721 84,635 29.0
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 18 0.0
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 --- ---
Congregational Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 15 0.0
Conservative Mennonite Conference Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 79 0.0
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 61 3,592 1.2
Evangelical Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 --- ---
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 5 944 0.3
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 134 0.0
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 8 927 0.3
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 48 0.0
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 7 --- ---
Grace Gospel Fellowship Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 --- ---
Heritage Reformed Churches Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 22 0.0
Independent Baptist Fellowship International Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 --- ---
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 4 --- ---
International Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 41 0.0
International Fellowship of Bible Churches Evangelical Protestant
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1 --- ---
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 15 1,146 0.4
Korean Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 --- ---
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 66 11,843 4.1
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 72 0.0
Mennonite Church USA Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 72 0.0
Missionary Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 15 0.0
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 193 21,803 7.5
New Testament Association of Independent Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Non-denominational Evangelical Protestant
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497 129,638 44.5
Open Bible Standard Churches, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 192 0.1
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 131 14,247 4.9
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 9 928 0.3
Reformed Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 --- ---
Reformed Church in the United States Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 20 0.0
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 14 2,089 0.7
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 162 0.1
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 77 9,960 3.4
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1,515 661,382 226.8
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 --- ---
Tampico Amish Mennonite* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 6 883 0.3
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 63 0.0
United Pentecostal Church International Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 160 --- ---
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 206 0.1
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 449 0.2
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 6 587 0.2
Alliance of Baptists Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
American Baptist Churches in the USA Mainline Protestant Baptist 1 113 0.0
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 50 7,847 2.7
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 57 13,469 4.6
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 21 4,450 1.5
Friends General Conference* Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 2 107 0.0
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 --- ---
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 111 20,536 7.0
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 236 0.1
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 691 158,574 54.4
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, The Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 3 420 0.1
Coptic Orthodox Church Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 18 0.0
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 330 0.1
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 60 0.0
Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 51 0.0
Serbian Orthodox Church in North America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 2 321 0.1
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 5 1,266 0.4
Buddhism, Mahayana Other Other Groups 7 652 0.2
Buddhism, Theravada Other Other Groups 6 1,304 0.4
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 11 --- ---
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 62 27,559 9.5
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 17 2,046 0.7
Hindu, Indian-American Hindu Temple Assoc. Other Other Groups 2 1,992 0.7
Hindu, Post Renaissance Other Other Groups 4 128 0.0
Hindu, Traditional Temples Other Other Groups 1 400 0.1
Jehovah's Witnesses Other Adventist 88 --- ---
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 13 3,746 1.3
New Apostolic Church of North America, National Organization of the Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Orthodox Judaism Other Judaism 1 60 0.0
Reform Judaism Other Judaism 7 1,487 0.5
Tao Other Other Groups 1 --- ---
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 7 710 0.2
Unity Churches, Association of Other Other Groups 7 --- ---
Totals: 6,697 1,614,357  

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.

* 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.