Brother Of Jerry
Date: April 17, 2023 11:24PM
I found the data fascinating, but then, graphical representation of data is one of my favorite things. I spent a fair amount of my working years in the northern Plains, so I looked at that area pretty closely. And of course Utah and Idaho had some interesting revelations (revealing data is about the only kind of revelation they have anymore, eh?)
I note that the entire column from Amarillo TX north to eastern ND is pretty highly affiliated with churches. Western ND (the oil patch) not so much, but still more than much of the country. Southern MN was very high too (no surprise to me), but northern MN not so much (that was a surprise). I guess the iron miners who lost their jobs were annoyed with God.
Montana had relatively low rates of religious affiliation except for a few counties, Most, especially 1 large county in the NW, the other in the SE are thinly populated, and are Reservations. One high affiliation county looks like it is near, but not including Billings. I have no idea what the situation is there.
The Bible Belt is a little farther west than I realized. I would have centered it in western South Carolina. Looks like the core is Tennessee down into TX.
Counties that gained adherents - the counties in ID and the one county in Utah that had a jump in adherents are the counties with hardly any people in them, so it would take very little to increase the percentage of adherents.
The upper Midwest had a major drop in church affiliation too. Not much of a surprise there for me.
Utah seems to have lost a lot of adherents in the central counties south of Utah County. Not that there is much population there, but I would expect those counties to be very conservative, so I am somewhat surprised. Looks like Pocatello and Twin Falls ID both lost significant membership. That’s a surprise. Maybe Idaho Falls too. Rexburg picked up membership. Blech.
And Jackson, WY picked up church affiliates. Who’d have thunk?! Must be Rubicon's influence. :) So did the Bighorn Basin (Powell, Lovell), but that is not a surprise.
The Blackfeet Reservation in NW MT started high, and went higher. Hmmm. Ditto the Crow Reservation east of Billings. And the Turtle Mountains Reservation in NCentral ND
Eastern MT and western ND took a big hit in losing adherents. I think the oil patch had a great deal to do with that, importing lots of single men who had a lot of money in their pockets, and working shifts that included weekends - not esactly a church-going crowd.
Iowa looks like they fell off a cliff, losing adherents. Unlike western ND and eastern MT, there are people in Iowa, so that is a significant shift.
The Bible Belt looks like it held its ground pretty well. That's unfortunate. If anybody was going to hold their ground, I’d prefer the Minnesota Lutherans. They are not crazy. A little peculiar perhaps, but not crazy.