Monday, January 28, 2008

Dominant Churches by Region

From the Glenmary Research Center in Nashville comes this fascinating map showing the church denominations that dominate in each county of the United States.

Against a background of baby blue representing counties where Catholicism dominates are a few other colors: Orange in the Midwest representing the Lutheran strongholds in Minnesota, Iowa, and the Dakotas; Grey in Utah and Idaho indicating the dominance of the Mormon church in those states; and a deluge of red across the states known as the "South" representing the widespread reach of the Baptists.

In my own county--Champaign County--in Central Illinois, the Catholic church dominates.

hat tip: Strange Maps

1 comment:

D.J. Free! said...

how do they define "dominate"? is it merely by the number of churches in the region, or by some measure of actual influence??