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Arkansas

Religious Traditions, 2010

1,136,611 107,202 205,332 122,662 1,200 41,350 1,301,561
Evangelical Protestant Black Protestant Mainline Protestant Catholic Orthodox 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 Zion Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 27 5,092 2.14
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 534 88,528 37.22
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 447 53,555 22.52
Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 7 632 0.27
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 376 70,645 29.70
Beachy Amish Mennonite Churches* Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 35 0.01
Bethel Ministerial Association, Inc. Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 122 0.05
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 122 56,911 23.93
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 5 306 0.13
Christian Brethren Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 2 25 0.01
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 77 13,309 5.60
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 56 7,621 3.20
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 98 43,219 18.17
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Other Groups 3 42 0.02
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 32 6,135 2.58
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 91 5,568 2.34
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 91 0.04
Church of God General Conference Evangelical Protestant Adventist 5 332 0.14
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 35 7,480 3.14
Church of the Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 1 79 0.03
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 116 14,829 6.23
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 763 90,671 38.12
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 75 5,316 2.24
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 55 16,790 7.06
Evangelical Free Church of America, The Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 3 90 0.04
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 14 2,899 1.22
Evangelical Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 1 159 0.07
Evangelical Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
Fire Baptized Holiness Church, (Wesleyan), The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 12 0.01
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 611 0.26
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 90 0.04
Friends (Quakers) Mainline Protestant European Free-Church 3 114 0.05
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Independent Fundamental Churches of America Evangelical Protestant Ind. Fundamentalist 0 0 0.00
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Independent, Non-Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant
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0 0 0.00
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 9 433 0.18
Jewish Other Judaism 9 1,828 0.77
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 50 12,864 5.41
Mennonite Church Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 8 358 0.15
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 2 160 0.07
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Old Order Amish Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 314 0.13
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 251 30,654 12.89
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 8 550 0.23
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 9 1,520 0.64
Seventh Day Baptist General Conference, USA and Canada Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 248 0.10
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 49 5,348 2.25
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 1,242 522,985 219.88
Southern Methodist Church Evangelical Protestant Methodist/Pietist 2 142 0.06
U.S. Mennonite Brethren Evangelical Protestant European Free-Church 2 123 0.05
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 5 360 0.15
United Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
United Church of Christ Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 302 0.13
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 875 214,526 90.19
Wesleyan Church, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 0 0 0.00
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 1 77 0.03
Totals: 5,493 1,284,100  

The population of Arkansas was 2,378,488 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (1,284,100) included 54.0% of the total population in 1980.

* 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.


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