Skip to comments.Color-Coded Maps Reveal Religious Adherents of U.S. Citizens
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
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.
That concentration in Idaho is in a resort region, Sun Valley.
Oh, that makes sense. Californians buying homes in Sun Valley. Thanks.
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Looks like this source is from the 2000 census. Any thoughts?
.1 to 10% Reformed in my county, per that. Where are they?
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.
Fascinating maps, thanks for posting!
Very interesting. Thanks for posting.
Kind of funny, my home county in Nebraska has one of the highest percentage of LCMS memebers in the area.
There are almost 400,000 Catholics in the Atlanta Archdiocese, and about 5-6% of the state is Catholic.
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.
Something is wrong. Not one SuperDuperMegaChurch is listed. You mean all those other churches are BIGGER than the megachurches??? It can't be!
I grew up in that part of the world. Practically everyone was either German or Czech and Catholic, or German or Scandinavian and Lutheran.
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.
Those SD counties are Indian reservation counties. Very sparsely populated, and evidently the site of considerable Episcopalian evangelistic activity at some point.
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.
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.
Which is why my spelling is bad, but I can pronounce names with 14 consonants and two vowels!
Germans and Czechs account for a lot of the Catholics in TX as well.
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.
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. :)
(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."
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.
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.
(At least one part of the Lake still references the term (though I confess I spend new years aboard said boat; drinking).
My dad's hometown is in the Lutheran county in Ohio. The town is quite small (population <400) but has three Lutheran churches.
Interesting maps. Interesting post. Thanks to you both.
How about a three letter name with no vowels!
what about hindu and muslim persuasions, interesting, because the muslim is supposed to be spreading like wildfire.
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.
Ha! 2 little orange globs where my family settled 150 years ago. (In Texas, y'all)
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.
so that's why the elites call us "flyover country".
Islam well represented around DC area. Shame.
Although Massachusetts is a very liberal state, it's mostly Catholic and has one of the lower divorce rates in the nation.
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.
**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.
This map is not real. ALL people are religious.
I'd like to see a map of the various pagan religions:
Idol Worship (American or otherwise)
I was just lookin' at the map.
Besides that, cities have large concentrations of Hispanics, and they're Catholic as Catholic can be.
That wouldn't be a bad idea. There was one where it showed 'other' as gray, I believe.
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????