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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 142 75,878 297.10
Assemblies of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 66 14,406 56.41
Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 51 5,339 20.90
National Association of Free Will Baptists Evangelical Protestant Baptist 48 5,966 23.36
United Methodist Church, The Mainline Protestant Methodist/Pietist 47 16,201 63.43
Pentecostal Church of God Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 26 1,964 7.69
American Baptist Association, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 25 5,435 21.28
Church of the Nazarene Evangelical Protestant Holiness 16 2,584 10.12
Catholic Church Catholic Catholicism 12 11,753 46.02
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 10 2,814 11.02
Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Evangelical Protestant Baptist 8 1,241 4.86
Baptist Missionary Association of America Evangelical Protestant Baptist 6 517 2.02
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Other Latter-day Saints 6 2,119 8.30
Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod Evangelical Protestant Lutheran 6 1,288 5.04
Primitive Baptist Church, The Evangelical Protestant Baptist 5 --- ---
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Mainline Protestant Baptist 4 1,086 4.25
Churches of God, General Conference Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 4 116 0.45
Community of Christ Other Latter-day Saints 4 318 1.25
Episcopal Church Mainline Protestant Episcopalianism/Anglicanism 4 898 3.52
Seventh-day Adventist Church Evangelical Protestant Adventist 4 519 2.03
Buddhists Other Other Groups 3 --- ---
Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) Evangelical Protestant Holiness 2 134 0.52
Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 72 0.28
Cumberland Presbyterian Church Evangelical Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 2 221 0.87
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 2 144 0.56
Christian and Missionary Alliance, The Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 70 0.27
Christian Union Evangelical Protestant Other Groups 1 10 0.04
Church of God of Prophecy Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 36 0.14
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Mainline Protestant Lutheran 1 335 1.31
Foursquare Gospel, International Church of the Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 152 0.60
Independent, Charismatic Churches Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 350 1.37
International Council of Community Churches Mainline Protestant Presbyterian-Reformed 1 51 0.20
Jewish Other Judaism 1 35 0.14
Muslim Estimate Other Other Groups 1 288 1.13
Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Eastern Liturgical (Orthodox) 1 45 0.18
Salvation Army Evangelical Protestant Holiness 1 310 1.21
Vineyard USA Evangelical Protestant Pentecostal 1 163 0.64
Bahá'í Other Other Groups 0 50 0.20
Totals: 517 152,908  

The population of the Fort Smith, AR-OK, Metropolitan Statistical Area was 255,399 in 2000; in 1990 it was 219,181. The total population changed 16.5%. The adherent totals of the religious groups listed above (152,908) included 59.9% 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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