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Post Runner-Up Religions by State: NPR Map
Created by John Eipper on 07/26/14 12:08 PM

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Runner-Up Religions by State: NPR Map (Vincent Littrell, USA, 07/26/14 12:08 pm)

According to a 2010 US religious census, Christianity remains the largest religion in each of the 50 states of the United States. However, the second-largest religions are rather surprising. See the map at the following link:


Per the above, the "runner-up" religions of the 50 states after Christianity in terms of population are as follows:

Islam (20 states)
Judaism (15 states)
Buddhism (13 states)
Hinduism (2 states; Arizona and Delaware)
Baha'i (1 state; South Carolina)

It should be noted that the above numeric total equals 51.  I assume Washington DC is included in this number.  Also, that Hindus and Baha'is are in this list doesn't mean their actual total numbers are all that high.  According to the article, Hindus only make up about 2% of Arizona's population.  The Baha'is of South Carolina number just under 18,000 and are runners-up to well over 2 million Christians in that state.

JE comments:  The map is interesting indeed, and offers a few surprises:  Islam is the #2 religion in most of the US South, as it is in the Great Plains and my home state, Michigan.  Buddhism, not surprisingly, is #2 in California and Hawaii, but also in Alaska, Kansas and Oklahoma.  An even more useful map would break down the religions lumped under "Christianity"--Catholic and sundry Protestant (Mainline and Evangelical), Orthodox, LDS, etc.

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