Map: Largest Non-Catholic Denominations by State

It’s not all surprising, but some of this is shocking. This map from, shows us the largest denominations in each state after the Catholic Church is excluded. Catholicism which comprises about 25% of the US population is the largest single church in the country, that is, the Catholic Church has the largest plurality.

I would have guessed that the Baptists would be big in the old South. Lutherans being big in the upper MidWest cannot be a surprise to anyone who has listened to A Prairie Home Companion. And Mormons are big in the West–but California? Oregon? Washington State? Those missionaries are more effective than I would have thought.

I am surprised also that Methodism remains strong in the middle of the country. Back in the ’90’s when I was a grad student in Sociology of Religion, I remember reading that the UMC was the most national of US denominations (The Catholic Church is not a denomination, even by Sociology of Religion standards). But, Methodism has been losing ground fast since the mid-70’s.

Here is a map of the largest denomination in each state without the Catholics removed:


20 Responses to Map: Largest Non-Catholic Denominations by State

  1. No one saw the Mormon thing coming, did they?

    • Adam says:

      You should of seen it coming, 2 Corinthians 11.3-5. And Paul really kick them with verse 7. Mormons don’t go to church “free of charge” lol

  2. Nan says:

    Lutherans in the upper midwest aren’t a surprise even if you haven’t listened to Prairie Home Companion

  3. diane says:

    The Mormon Thing….very disturbing. People who would fall for that utter weirdness will fall for anything. But eh, maybe there are a lot of folks out there dying to become gods of their own planets. :-o

    • Louise says:

      @ diane,Maybe YOU shopuld pray about something before you say it! The reason we are growing and a lot of other religious denominations are shrinking is that we believe in praying about something before we embrace it! If we are so bad, why is it we are growing so fast!

      • Adam says:

        Oh Louise, It has been predicted that people will fall for false prophecy and worship a different jesus (thats you mormons and jehovah’s witnesses, among other fools teaching in ‘actual’ Christian churches). Read the Bible for yourself for once and pull your head out of that “Book of Heresy” by Joseph Smith(Heretic). Pray to the Jesus that deserves all of your praise, the Jesus that hates your self-righteous acts for the church. Stop giving to the richest organization in the World that gives away close to nothing.

      • Adam says:

        Dust off that big Book on your book shelf, take a gander at Pauls’ second letter to the Corinthians in the 11th Chapter, verses 3-7. Next read your book of mormon, then torch the thing and spread the Truth of Jesus Christ under no denomination or sect of Christianity. Just love God the Father, His Son Jesus, and the Spirit with your whole heart, worship them through reading the only true Word of God. I Love You so much. Praise God

  4. Fr. J. says:

    I would like to see just one more map–which states have a religious majority–I bet some of the baptist states have majorities, utah and idaho, others?

  5. ELAINE N. RAMEY says:

    Each Protestant church is submerged under pride. Protest-ant only means objection to the Catholic Church, the “only” church instituted by Christ. Read your bible for verification. Incidentally, the bible was recorded and compiled by the Catholic Church. The bible is a part of the church; the Church is not part of the bible. Yet every “protest”-ant church uses the bible as its own ignoring the fact that they are using part of the Catholic Church.

    Most “protest-ants” seem to be unaware that the title means exactly what it says, nothing more. I’m formerly from a long line of Methodists, but all those who follow Christ must be united!

  6. Fr. J. says:

    Elaine, welcome to the Black Cordelias. I have changed none of your wording. I just turned down your caps. Please dont SHOUT here.

    God bless,

    Fr. J.

  7. Michael says:

    What about Episcopalians ?

  8. Fr. J. says:


    Looks like the Episcopalians are the second largest denomination only in Rhode Island. This isnt saying very much in that Rhode Island is the most Catholic State in the union at about 67% if memory serves. So, they are likely still very small.

    The ECUSA now TEC suffered many setbacks in the early 19th Century when the other denominations were evangelizing rural American where religion has previously been almost non-existent. The Ep. Ch. was still associated with England which did not sit well with those whose fathers had fought in the Revolutionary War. Later, the Oxford Movement which re-Catholicised Anglicanism was too popish for most Americans who had come to America with a strong Protestant sensibility even if not a commitment to a specific denomination. The spin off of the Reformed Episcopal Church (REC) is one direct result of a reaction against Anglo-Catholicism. Instead, Methodism which was always more of a preaching tradition than a theological movement (while the Wesleys were Arminians, their thrust was more moral the soteriological), was a flexible framework and could morph regionally as necessary. By the 20th Century it was Methodism which was the most thoroughly distributed denomination in America, not the Ep. Ch.

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  16. David says:

    Wow Diane and Adam, I didn’t get the memo you two were the gatekeepers to those pearly gates. Trivia, but interesting I calculated the current growth and decline rates and estimate that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will be the third largest Christian Church in the U.S. sometime around March, 2019 (after the Catholic and Baptist Churches). Just info…

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