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Where Do The Most Catholics Live?

A little-used feature of the U.S. Religion Census is the ability to group the data into denominational boundaries. Five groups have provided boundary information to the Religion Census office. Researchers and strategists interested in these five groups can readily obtain comparative information for all 236 participating groups based on the smaller groups’ geographies.
For instance, the Catholic Church provided 176 diocesan boundaries. Based on those boundaries, we find that the Catholic Church reports 164,750 adherents* within the Laredo diocese. All the participating groups together reported 196,393 adherents within that same territory. This means that 84% of religious adherents in Laredo diocese are claimed by the Catholic Church. This is the highest ratio for any Catholic diocese in the United States. 
Similarly, West Virginia South district of the Church of the Nazarene had the highest ratio of Nazarenes as adherents (4%) among any of their 73 districts. Of 63 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) synods, Eastern North Dakota had the highest ratio (44%). Of 170 Presbyterian Church (USA) presbyteries, Shenango had the highest ratio (13%). And of 37 conferences in the United Church of Christ (UCC), Vermont Conference had the highest ratio of UCC adherents (8%). [Religion Census Data]




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