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Fort Smith, AR-OK, Metropolitan Statistical Area

Religious Traditions, 2010

121,597 928 19,872 14,037 60 5,191 118,782
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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Religious Bodies Tradition Family Congregations Adherents Adherence Rate
Southern Baptist Convention Evangelical Protestant Baptist 128 60,194 295.78
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 63 8,045 39.53
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 56 18,319 90.01
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 47 4,864 23.90
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 26 4,518 22.20
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 23 2,991 14.70
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 14 2,152 10.57
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 11 6,677 32.81
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 11 1,212 5.96
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 6 1,429 7.02
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 5 488 2.40
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 5 1,022 5.02
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 5 1,524 7.49
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 4 556 2.73
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Black Protestant Methodist/Pietist 4 1,558 7.66
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 348 1.71
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 3 1,524 7.49
Church of God (Seventh Day) Evangelical Protestant Adventist 3 102 0.50
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 3 263 1.29
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 3 1,394 6.85
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 87 0.43
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 402 1.98
Free Methodist Church of North America Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 90 0.44
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 45 0.22
Jewish Other Judaism 1 71 0.35
Presbyterian Church in America Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 13 0.06
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 309 1.52
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations Other Liberal 1 12 0.06
Black Baptists Estimate Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Church of Christ, Scientist Other Christian Science 0 0 0.00
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 0 0 0.00
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
0 0 0.00
Metropolitan Community Churches, Universal Fellowship of Mainline Protestant Other Groups 0 25 0.12
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 0 0 0.00
Primitive Baptists Associations Evangelical Protestant Baptist 0 0 0.00
Totals: 432 120,234  

The population of the Fort Smith, AR-OK, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 203,511 in 1980. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (120,234) included 59.1% 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 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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