Most and Least Evangelical Counties in the United States [Interactive Map]

Kent Shaffer —  June 12, 2012

The Association of Religious Data Archives has created a list ranking over 3,120 U.S. counties on the highest percent* of the population in Evangelical Protestant denominations, based on data from the 1980-2010 Religious Congregations and Membership Studies.

We have mapped the 100 counties with the lowest number of practicing evangelical christians using blue pins as well as the 100 counties with the highest number of reported evangelical adherents using red.

View Most and Least Christian Counties in America in a full screen map

The Least Evangelical Counties

  • The lowest ranked 100 counties (blue pins) range from 0% to just under 3% Evangelical
  • The least Evangelical counties are most heavily grouped in the Northeast and Mormon portions of Utah and Idaho.
  • 0% = the least Evangelical is Keweenaw County, Michigan

The Typical County

  • Mean (average): 23.2% Evangelical
  • Median (middle value): 18.8% Evangelical

The Most Evangelical Counties

  • The top 100 counties (red pins) range from 58.0% to 98.7% Evangelical
  • The most Evangelical counties unsurprisingly come from the Bible belt.
  • 98.7% = the most Evangelical is Choctaw County, Oklahoma. (Note: We excluded 3 counties with values over 100%.)

Other highlights include:

  • 7.6% of counties are 50%+ Evangelical
  • 62.0% of counties are <25% Evangelical
  • 3.2% of counties are <3% Evangelical
Keep in mind that this only represents Evangelical Christians and misses other true Christians of Anglican, Catholic, or other affiliations that have experienced authentic conversions through Jesus Christ. But even when these Christians are factored, it is stunning to see the incredible religious shifts across the United States.

For Discussion:
What thoughts and feelings are stirred up when you view this data?

* “Percent” is defined as the percentage fo total population that belongs to that denomination.
** Congregational “adherents” belonging to attending Evangelical Protestant denominations to include all full members, their children, and others who regularly attend services.

(via Doug Black Jr)

Kent Shaffer

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I live in an RV with my wife and 2 kids and work with OpenChurch.com to help Christians collaborate and build a global Church library of free, open content.

2 responses to Most and Least Evangelical Counties in the United States [Interactive Map]

  1. Thanks for such a great map! It is really surprising to me to see how few there are in the NE. I wonder if there is an explanation for that. Any ideas?

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