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I came across an interesting graphic today that shows America’s religions by region, as of six years ago (click to enlarge):
- I’d like to see this same graph, but have it also reflect activity rates within that religion. So, the updated graph would use color intensity to represent activity rates. The brighter the color is, the higher that religion’s average activity rate is. Based on this article, Catholics have a 28% rate, and Protestants have a 20% rate. I’d imagine we’d see a lot less blue if this reflected actual church-going rates.
- That’s a lot of freakin’ red, dude.
- What’s with the random isolated Mormon splotches? Southwest Oregon, the northern tip of Idaho, etc.
- I had no idea there were that many Lutherans. Why north-central USA?
- The northeastern states seems to have an overwhelming majority of (declared) Catholics.
- Utah is totally brown. Couldn’t they have picked a better color… say, orange? Or maybe in representation of our state’s staple, green Jello, they could have let us swap colors with the Methodists.
The website where this graph is located also has more graphs worth checking out.