Yesterday over at Religion in U.S. History, Paul Harvey posted a map of “Leading Church Bodies, 2000,” taken from Mark Silk and Andrew Walsh’s fantastic Religion by Region series, and rhetorically asks, “Is the South still a cultural region?”
Based on the dominance of the Baptists in the southern states (evidenced by the map), the answer is clearly, “yes.” It also appears that the Mormon Culture Region of the intermountain West is demographically alive and well, too. Utah, much of Idaho, and northern Arizona are all still predominantly Latter-day Saint in religious makeup.
None of that is too surprising. I was surprised, however, to see that some counties in relatively far-away states are also predominantly Mormon. Curry County, Oregon and Adams County, Washington, for instance, both apparently have more Mormons than any other one religion.
I’ve met a few Mormons (including an old roommate) from Othello (a small farming community in Adams County) here at BYU, but have no clue why these areas are heavily populated by Latter-day Saints. Anybody have any insight into this? Does anyone see anything else especially noteworthy on the map?
(click on map to enlarge)