The Bible Suspender is clearer than the Bible Belt

19 Dec

Northwest Iowa Center for Regional Studies

The Washington Post has put 6 fascinating maps of the U.S. religious landscape online. The maps are based on statistics from religious organizations in the 2010 U.S. Religion Census.

I am particularly intrigued by the 5th map, on religious participation, by county.

First, take a look at the map here: View interactive map.

Then, consider this comment from the Post article:

This map, made from RCMS data, shows the counties where religious participation per capita—adherents divided by population—was highest. Utah, the Midwest and parts of the South reign supreme. Religious participation was lowest in California’s Alpine County (4.3 percent), Hawaii’s Kalawao County (3.3 percent) and Nevada’s Esmeralda County (3.1 percent). The latter two have incredibly small populations, so are easily distorted by the religious inaction of a few.

Third, what strikes me is how this illustrates what historian Philip Barlow in Religion and Public Life in the Midwest: America’s…

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