U.S. Religious Regions Revisited

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Abstract

Religion continues to play an important role in the public and private lives of Americans. Therefore, a reexamination of U.S. religious regions is necessary in light of the rapid demographic changes that have occurred in the past few decades. This article presents a new regionalization of religion in the United States for 1980 and 2000, produced using multivariate cluster analysis. Comparing this new regionalization with earlier attempts, it demonstrates that religious regions continue to exist today and have undergone various levels of stability and change. Furthermore, religious regions continue to be relevant because they provide scholars with a method for identifying and characterizing the societal context in which individual religious communities function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)521-539
Number of pages19
JournalProfessional Geographer
Volume64
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2012

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Keywords

  • United States
  • geography of religion
  • religious regions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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