Faculty Research at Morehead State University


Mapping Changes in Denominational Membership in the Great Plains, 1952-2000

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Spring 2004


The religious heritage of the Great Plains is illustrated in distinct denominational regions. Mapping county-level data on major denominations reveals that Catholic and Lutherans are strongest in the Northern Plains, Methodists in the Central Plains, and Baptists in the Southern Plains. Counties that are increasing in population and closest to metropolitan and interstate areas experience the most diversity, During the last fifty years, Lutherans, and Methodists have lost members. while Catholics and Baptists gained, The Central Plains is expl~riencing the nwst dynamism.