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Color-Coded Maps Reveal Religious Adherents of U.S. Citizens
VirtueOnline-News ^ | 1/10/2007

Posted on 01/11/2007 9:35:50 AM PST by sionnsar

The color-coded maps at this link reveal the religious adherents as a percentage of all U.S. residents, 2000

Submitted by David W. Virtue
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http://robotwisdom.com/issues/religmaps.html


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You'll have to click through to see the maps, and there are a lot of them. The Episcopal Church membership map was intriguing.
1 posted on 01/11/2007 9:35:52 AM PST by sionnsar
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To: sionnsar
It was interesting to see that Episcopals are not a majority in any US county and that they most Episcopalian counties in the US are in SD of all places.

It was also interesting to see such a high concentration of Jews in Idaho and to see that only two counties in the US seem to be majority Reformed.

2 posted on 01/11/2007 9:45:58 AM PST by wideawake
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To: wideawake

That concentration in Idaho is in a resort region, Sun Valley.


3 posted on 01/11/2007 9:49:35 AM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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Oh, that makes sense. Californians buying homes in Sun Valley. Thanks.


4 posted on 01/11/2007 9:50:40 AM PST by wideawake
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5 posted on 01/11/2007 9:51:49 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Looks like this source is from the 2000 census. Any thoughts?

6 posted on 01/11/2007 9:53:23 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: sionnsar

.1 to 10% Reformed in my county, per that. Where are they?


7 posted on 01/11/2007 9:55:33 AM PST by Lee N. Field
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To: Salvation

It's interesting that the spots with the largest concentrations of Catholics are in the historically Spanish (CA, NM, TX) or French (MT, ND, MI, LA, MA, very upstate NY) areas of the country.


8 posted on 01/11/2007 9:59:30 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: Salvation

Fascinating maps, thanks for posting!


9 posted on 01/11/2007 10:02:13 AM PST by Judith Anne (Thank you St. Jude for favors granted.)
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To: sionnsar

Very interesting. Thanks for posting.


10 posted on 01/11/2007 10:05:02 AM PST by Thorin ("I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.")
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To: sionnsar

Kind of funny, my home county in Nebraska has one of the highest percentage of LCMS memebers in the area.


11 posted on 01/11/2007 10:07:58 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: SuziQ
The dark blue bulls eye in central Minnesota represents the historic ties to the Benedictine priests and nuns who came to the county in 1856 from Germany to serve the newly arrived immigrants from the Rheinland in Germany and Luxembourg. After news of the arrival of priests and nuns to set up churches and schools, more Catholic immigrants came to the county from other places in Germany, Austria-Hungary, Poland and Ireland.
12 posted on 01/11/2007 10:10:15 AM PST by Gumdrop
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To: Salvation; sionnsar
The Catholic part of the map cannot be accurate - according to the map every county in Georgia has no reported Catholics.

There are almost 400,000 Catholics in the Atlanta Archdiocese, and about 5-6% of the state is Catholic.

13 posted on 01/11/2007 10:11:17 AM PST by wideawake
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To: Salvation

In my Ohio County, along Lake Erie, I know alot of catholic immigrants came to work in the steel mills and industrial plants along the Great Lakes.


14 posted on 01/11/2007 10:12:20 AM PST by Cap'n Crunch (Rush Limbaugh, the Winston Churchill of our time)
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To: sionnsar

Something is wrong. Not one SuperDuperMegaChurch is listed. You mean all those other churches are BIGGER than the megachurches??? It can't be!


15 posted on 01/11/2007 10:28:45 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: SuziQ
All those blue counties in the upper midwest aren't French. They're German and Czech, and Irish in the bigger cities.

I grew up in that part of the world. Practically everyone was either German or Czech and Catholic, or German or Scandinavian and Lutheran.

16 posted on 01/11/2007 10:34:49 AM PST by Campion ("I am so tired of you, liberal church in America" -- Mother Angelica, 1993)
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To: wideawake

If you look closely, most of the counties in Georgia show 0.1 - 10% as being Catholics. The color of that percentage is kind of a very light beige, so hard to tell if you don't look closely.


17 posted on 01/11/2007 10:35:39 AM PST by jkl1122
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To: wideawake; sionnsar
It was interesting to see that Episcopals are not a majority in any US county and that they most Episcopalian counties in the US are in SD of all places

Those SD counties are Indian reservation counties. Very sparsely populated, and evidently the site of considerable Episcopalian evangelistic activity at some point.

18 posted on 01/11/2007 10:39:21 AM PST by Campion ("I am so tired of you, liberal church in America" -- Mother Angelica, 1993)
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To: SuziQ
It's interesting that the spots with the largest concentrations of Catholics are in the historically Spanish (CA, NM, TX) or French (MT, ND, MI, LA, MA, very upstate NY) areas of the country.

Yes, and that is where they sent the missionaries to the Indians. My original home county, Glacier County in Montana, has one of the largest concentrations of Catholics. That is the home of the Blackfeet Reservation, where the Jesuits served. I believe the other dark blue spots in Montana are also Indian reservations.

19 posted on 01/11/2007 10:52:44 AM PST by Titanites
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I know at least 2 counties in NY which have Orthodox churches and have 'none reported'. Wonder what their reporting scheme is.
20 posted on 01/11/2007 10:57:43 AM PST by kawaii (Orthodox Christianity -- Proclaiming the Truth Since 33 A.D.)
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To: Campion

I was thinking specifically of the French Jesuits whose missions in the 1600's were to the Indians and settlers in the upper reaches of the US and Southern Canada. Other etnic varieties of Catholics moved in later. I knew that Illinois and the Midwest had lots of German and Czech Catholics, and there are lots of Polish Catholics in Chicago. Many of the Catholics in central MA and in NY are of French Canadian origin, though the Boston area is more heavily Irish.


21 posted on 01/11/2007 11:02:51 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: Campion
Practically everyone was either German or Czech and Catholic, or German or Scandinavian and Lutheran.

Which is why my spelling is bad, but I can pronounce names with 14 consonants and two vowels!

22 posted on 01/11/2007 11:04:43 AM PST by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: SuziQ
It's interesting that the spots with the largest concentrations of Catholics are in the historically Spanish (CA, NM, TX) or French (MT, ND, MI, LA, MA, very upstate NY) areas of the country.

Germans and Czechs account for a lot of the Catholics in TX as well.

23 posted on 01/11/2007 11:20:38 AM PST by al_c
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To: SuziQ

The Spanish sent priests with almost every mission to the New World, and don't forget Our Lady of Guadelupe, her appearance to Juan Diego spread the faith like fire throughout the SW.


24 posted on 01/11/2007 11:30:45 AM PST by tiki
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To: sionnsar

Neat! Looks like I'll be leaving the Midwest and joining the enclave of Alaskan Lutherans on their west coast, LOL! The same map makes it look like there's not a single Lutheran church where I live...which is totally incorrect.

But this is good news because Alaska is on our short list for retirement. :)


25 posted on 01/11/2007 11:36:37 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: sionnsar

Interesting.

I note:

(1) Red State: Baptist.
Blue State: Catholic.

All of the majority Baptist states voted Republican in the past two elections.

Almost all of the majority Catholic states except Texas (special case!) and Florida (gee, we know all about Florida!) voted Democrat.

(2) Jews live where Catholics live in Europe (Poland, Rome, Paris, the old Habsburg Empire) and - once upon a time - Spain (but that didn't work out...)). And Jews live where Catholics live in America. It's that old Roman Empire tie...

(3) There's a one-man comedy playing in New York City: "My Mother is Italian. My Father is Jewish. I am in Therapy."


26 posted on 01/11/2007 11:40:10 AM PST by Vicomte13 (Aure entuluva.)
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To: Vicomte13

btt


27 posted on 01/11/2007 11:46:55 AM PST by Ciexyz (In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:6)
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To: tiki

Yep, the construction of Spanish Missions is also why FL had large amounts of Catholics at one time near St. Augustine and Pensacola. There are still some Catholics near St. Augustine, according to the map, but not as many in the Pensacola area these days.


28 posted on 01/11/2007 12:18:37 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ
NY. Yep. I used to drive to NY from VT because the drinking age was 21 in VT :)

BTW, when the GREAT Catholic Missionaries came, they gave such names as Lake of the Blessed Sacrament to beautiful bodies of water.

Later-arriving prots changed it to Lake George. Interestingly enough, when I first learned of that, I began drinking.

29 posted on 01/11/2007 12:25:52 PM PST by bornacatholic
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30 posted on 01/11/2007 12:26:10 PM PST by bornacatholic
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31 posted on 01/11/2007 12:51:47 PM PST by kawaii (Orthodox Christianity -- Proclaiming the Truth Since 33 A.D.)
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(At least one part of the Lake still references the term (though I confess I spend new years aboard said boat; drinking).


32 posted on 01/11/2007 1:03:17 PM PST by kawaii (Orthodox Christianity -- Proclaiming the Truth Since 33 A.D.)
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Lutheran Ping!
33 posted on 01/11/2007 1:05:57 PM PST by lightman (The Office of the Keys should be exercised as some ministry needs to be exorcised)
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My dad's hometown is in the Lutheran county in Ohio. The town is quite small (population <400) but has three Lutheran churches.


34 posted on 01/11/2007 1:21:25 PM PST by stayathomemom
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To: Salvation; sionnsar

Interesting maps. Interesting post. Thanks to you both.


35 posted on 01/11/2007 1:23:35 PM PST by onedoug
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To: redgolum

How about a three letter name with no vowels!


36 posted on 01/11/2007 1:24:48 PM PST by stayathomemom
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To: wideawake

what about hindu and muslim persuasions, interesting, because the muslim is supposed to be spreading like wildfire.


37 posted on 01/11/2007 1:27:36 PM PST by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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To: SuziQ

One exception in the concentration of Catholics - Maryland was founded by Catholics so they would be assured of their religious freedom. The percentage has dropped due to the influx of Lutherans from Germany by way of Pennsylvania and the great variety of immigrants through the Port of Baltimore.


38 posted on 01/11/2007 1:30:44 PM PST by RebelBanker (May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.)
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To: sionnsar

Ha! 2 little orange globs where my family settled 150 years ago. (In Texas, y'all)


39 posted on 01/11/2007 2:06:33 PM PST by BJClinton (Forget the fence, annex Mexico.)
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To: RebelBanker

True, but the larger numbers in the early years of the country were in the areas influenced by France and Spain, then the other ethnic groups arrived and the immigrants built the large old churches in the big cities.


40 posted on 01/11/2007 3:26:18 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: lightman

so that's why the elites call us "flyover country".


41 posted on 01/11/2007 4:19:37 PM PST by Rakkasan1 ((Illegal immigrants are just undocumented friends you haven't met yet!))
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To: sionnsar

Islam well represented around DC area. Shame.


42 posted on 01/11/2007 4:22:48 PM PST by relictele
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Although Massachusetts is a very liberal state, it's mostly Catholic and has one of the lower divorce rates in the nation.


43 posted on 01/11/2007 4:50:53 PM PST by Coleus (Woe unto him that call evil good and good evil"-- Isaiah 5:20-21)
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I believe Michael Moore referred to the Bible Belt as Jesusland.

I am happily inside the fringe of this compliment, though I'm certain that it wasn'y meant that way.


44 posted on 01/11/2007 4:55:47 PM PST by incredulous joe ("It isn't necessary to have relatives in Kansas City in order to be unhappy." - Groucho Marx)
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To: Vicomte13

**Red State: Baptist.
Blue State: Catholic.**

I don't think such a blanket statement such as this can be made.

Blue states have a concentration in large cities -- usually people with no religion.


45 posted on 01/11/2007 5:19:57 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: sionnsar

This map is not real. ALL people are religious.

I'd like to see a map of the various pagan religions:

Environmental Extremists
Tree Huggers
Earth Worship
Self Idolatry
Idol Worship (American or otherwise)
etc.


46 posted on 01/11/2007 5:52:31 PM PST by pjr12345
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To: Salvation

I was just lookin' at the map.

Besides that, cities have large concentrations of Hispanics, and they're Catholic as Catholic can be.


47 posted on 01/11/2007 7:42:05 PM PST by Vicomte13 (Aure entuluva.)
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That wouldn't be a bad idea. There was one where it showed 'other' as gray, I believe.


48 posted on 01/11/2007 7:50:03 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: sionnsar

I'd love to see this recoded in terms of members who attend weekly AND actually beleive the COMPLETE doctrine of their church.


49 posted on 01/11/2007 8:37:33 PM PST by kawaii (Orthodox Christianity -- Proclaiming the Truth Since 33 A.D.)
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I'd love to see this recoded in terms of members who attend weekly AND actually beleive the COMPLETE doctrine of their church.

The first would be difficult enough (our church, at least, keeps weekly records of attendance -- I've had to fill out the book upon occasion) but... BELIEVE? Can we add UNDERSTAND to that????

50 posted on 01/11/2007 8:40:09 PM PST by sionnsar (†trad-anglican.faithweb.com†|Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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