Christianity is the overwhelmingly dominant religion in America. According to recent Gallup and Pew polls, roughly 77% of Americans self-identify as Christian. With that in mind, a map showing the most popular religion in each state across the U.S. would be pretty boring – Christianity would cover the map much like English would on a map showing the most popular language in the each state.
But what about the runner-up religions across the country? Reid Wilson at the Washington Post published a map earlier this month showing just that. Wilson’s map uses data from the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies to show us the second-most popular religion in each state in the U.S.
The map has some of what you might expect (Buddhism on the west coast, Judaism on the north east coast) and a few surprises too (Hinduism and Baha’i making appearances in Arizona and South Carolina, respectively).
Here it is:
Not represented on the map are people who identify as either Atheist or Agnostic. According to Pew data, religiously unaffiliated people are the second largest religious demographic in the U.S., with 16% of those surveyed identifying as such.