So where’s the Bible belt?

So where’s the Bible belt? April 1, 2012

From Gallup:

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  • Tyler

    It’s really not the ‘Bible Belt,’ it’s more like the ‘secular tie clip.’

  • Ka

    Do Christians need to be evangelized again and again?

  • Tyler

    Correction: slightly secular tie clip.

  • Looks like we Christians got…pants on the ground. Pants on the ground…looking like a fool with our pants on the ground. (Don’t belts normally go…um….higher?)

  • art

    It’s ironic that it’s almost exactly the Confederate States. My question is why, or are the two totally unrelated?

  • steve jung

    Didn’t a bunch of the evangelical organizations move to Colorado in the 80’s and 90’s? What happened?

  • Tom

    From 9/16/10
    The bottom 10 poorest states based on median household income: 1.)Mississippi $35,693 2.)Arkansas $37,987 3.)West Virginia $39,170 4.)Tennessee $40,034 5.)South Carolina $41,548 6.)Montana $41,587 7.)Kentucky $41,828 8.)Alabama $42,144 9.)North Carolina $42,337 10.)Louisiana $42,423

  • Dan Arnold

    Art (#5), it’s probably related; read Mark Noll’s The Civil War as a Theological Crisis. The theological justification of slavery was rooted in a particular hermeneutic.

    Steve (#6), yes they did and many still call Colorado Springs home as well as Littleton. If the map were at a county level, it might have a bright green spot for El Paso county although more likely even El Paso county would be average depending on how religiosity was defined. Just because we have a lot of religious organizations doesn’t mean the state became more religious, only perhaps a bit more polarized.

  • Robert A

    It would be intriguing to see a county by county map or also one that takes into account major population centers vs more rural locales.

    That said, the American church is getting ready to face a generation of hardship…get ready.

  • Percival

    Robert A,
    So right! A county map would be so much more interesting. I remember the shock from seeing such a map that shattered the red state/blue state myth. A county by county map of a state like CA would be especially interesting.

  • Now what I’d love to see is the same map colored by county, and then a cartogram. (The ‘secular tie clip’ would be a lot bigger, for example…)

  • Joshua

    Ray, do you know any maps like the one you’re suggesting?

  • Joshua – Nope. Given Gallup’s data – assuming they do counties – and some work and time, I could probably make one. There are programs to generate cartograms out there.

    You could get a decent idea what it would probably look like by checking out the second image here:

  • Todd Mayberry

    If you want to see something really interesting, do a web search for US maps that show the rates of (name any social problem) The map will usually correspond pretty closely with the bible-belt map (for example teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, divorce rates, poverty).