Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Catholics in the US

On the flipside of the page from the Bush playlist in yesterday's Times, is an interesting county-by-county chart of Catholics in the US measured as a percentage of the population. It clearly shows the large population of Hispanics in California, the southwestern US, and south Texas, plus the traditional French/Cajun Catholic population in southern Louisiana. There were a couple of other interesting results to me: the high percentage in my home county in Oklahoma (largest population center in the Panhandle, so biggest town equals biggest Catholic population), along with the 0% noted in the next county over (no towns large enough to support a Catholic church). Additionally, it shows very heavily Catholic populations all through the northern US. Wisconsin and western Michigan, I expected, but not Nebraska, North and South Dakota. Very interesting data anyway. Also available are maps showing Jewish and Muslim populations in the US.


At Tue Apr 12, 07:40:00 PM, Blogger Erudite Redneck said...

Re: "largest population center in the Panhandle, so biggest town equals biggest Catholic population ... "

You know it goes way beyond that, don't you? Meskins have taken over around Guymon, big time. Bienvenidos, but still. English is almost a second language in the schools.

At Tue Apr 12, 09:04:00 PM, Anonymous braingirl said...

My school class was 30% Hispanic. I just thought it was interesting -- there's still only one really big Catholic church in town even though there's a protastant church on every corner just like in every other little Okie town. Just interesting, I thought.


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