Where the Protestants Roam: Map of Protestant Denominations in the US

Protestantism, and its decline, has been in the news a lot this week with a Pew study that the percentage of Protestants in the US has fallen below 50%.

Seemed like a good time to show a map of the distribution of Protestant denominations throughout the country. This map is from the always interesting Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies, and it highlights the strong regional flavor of Protestantism. (Click to make font more readable. Also, it’s mislabeled as Protestant “Groups” because it doesn’t show non-denominational Protestants.)

Like so much in America social geography, religion went from East to West until the Rockies, and what happened on the West coast is a bit of a jumble. It also speaks to the historical influence of Methodists, who have probably lost more of the population in the last century than any other religious group.

 

  • Ted Seeber

    I like it. More than half my state is other, and the rest is very colorful

  • http://www.bu.edu/sociology/faculty-staff/faculty/nancy-t-ammerman/ Nancy Ammerman

    It’s important to note that this maps only Protestants. When Catholics and Mormons are added to the picture, it looks very different. Knowing that Baptists or Methodists are the largest Protestant group in a county in Utah doesn’t tell us a whole lot about the religious make-up of that county.

  • Joseph

    As a Christian, I was disappointed by the news of the Pew Study. However, I was rather skeptical of the percentage of Christians in the United States that Pew gave. 73% seems a little low. Last year, Gallup reported 78% Christian while the General Social Survey 2010 showed 77%. I realize that different groups use different methods and I do think there are some nominal Christians re-classifying themselves as non-affiliated, but I feel like Pew is stretching it a bit, almost like Pew wants to be the first ones to claim they found out when Protestants became a minority first.

    I do believe that the Protestant portion of the United States will continue to decline if only due to generational replacement, but going from 78 – 77 percent to 73 percent seems a little fishy.

  • Freeman – Fear of man brings a snare.

    Thanks for this info….

    Seems lots of folks are recognizing and leaving – “The Corrupt Religious System” of today. Many never leave The Church of God. aka The Body of Christ. (I love His Church.) Most have left “The Corrupt Religious System” – That has damaged so many. The 501 (c) 3, Non-Profit, Tax $ Deductible, Religious $ Corporation, the IRS calls church.

    Should His Disciples call an IRS Corporation “His Church?” His ekklesia?

    Corrupt – Dictionary

    1- showing a willingness to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain.

    2- in a state of decay; rotten or putrid.

    3- debased or made unreliable by errors or alterations.

    Hasn’t The Whole Religious System, for 1700 years, been *Totally Corrupt?* With…
    1 – Elder/ Overseers who do NOT meet the qualifications found in the Bible?
    …..(1. Must be Blameless. 2. Holy? 3. Just? 4. Rule well their own house? etc.)
    2 – Multiple thousands of denominations – NOT found in the Bible?
    …..(Baptist, Presbyterian., Catholic, Lutheran, Assembly of God. etc.)
    3 – Multiple Movements – NOT found in the Bible?
    …..(Reformed, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Emergent, etc.)
    4 – Abusive Heirarchy – Abusive Authoritarians – NOT found in the Bible?
    …..(Who Exercise Authority like the gentiles and lord it over God’s heritage.)
    5 – Traditions of men – NOT found in the Bible?
    …..(Money as a Tithe, Go to church, Join a church, church membership. etc).
    6 – Titles/Positions – NOT found in the Bible? (Pastor/Leader/Reverend?)
    …..(Clergy, Doctor, Right Reverend, Cardinal, Senior Pastor, Lead Pastor. etc.)

    Isn’t “Today’s System” filled with those having “a willingness to act dishonestly”
    and are after…
    1- “money and personal gain” (Celebrity Pastors, Authors, Confrence speakers.)
    3- and make “Today’s Religious System” “unreliable by errors or alterations,”
    to the Bible, how the Bible describes “His Church.” Qualifications for Overseer?
    And because of these errors and alterations to the qualifications of Elder/Overseer
    2- The Corrupt Religious System is in a state of decay; rotten and putrid.

    And folks are leaving by the millions. And turning to Jesus.


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