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Craighead County (Arkansas)

Religious Traditions, 2010

44,184 655 5,408 2,470 1,477 42,249
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant 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
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 37 24,786 301.72
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 24 7,447 90.65
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 20 5,454 66.39
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 20 4,320 52.59
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 2 3,466 42.19
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 11 1,474 17.94
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 983 11.97
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 600 7.30
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 592 7.21
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 515 6.27
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 1 478 5.82
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 1 445 5.42
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 2 434 5.28
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 3 375 4.56
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 295 3.59
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 3 273 3.32
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 2 265 3.23
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 163 1.98
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 146 1.78
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 124 1.51
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 120 1.46
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 88 1.07
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 72 0.88
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 1 64 0.78
General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 60 0.73
Jewish Other Judaism 1 30 0.37
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 27 0.33
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 12 0.15
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 5 0.06
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1 --- ---
Totals: 152 53,113  

The population of Craighead County, Arkansas was 82,148 in 2000; in 1990 it was 68,956. The total population changed 19.1%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (53,113) included 64.7% 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 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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