The State of Religion in Texas

The US Census Bureau has not asked questions about religion since 1950. That means we have to look elsewhere for our answers about what to believe about what Texans believe.

Comparison of Religious Traditions in the US and Texas

Pew's Comparison of Religious Traditions in Texas and the US

The Pew Forum On Religion & Public Life study of religion (“U.S. Religious Landscape Survey”) includes interactive maps and tables that you can use to compare Texas to the national average as well as other states. Texas looks like the nation overall with the exception of having a significantly higher number of Evangelicals and a slightly lower number of mainline Protestants and unaffiliated.

The 2009 American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) found 48% of Texans calling themselves Christian (the 2008 study did not include detailed breakdown within that category), 32% of Texans identifying themselves as Catholic, and 12% claiming no religious affiliation.

Both studies are surveys and it’s hard explain the large differences in the estimated number of Catholics. The ARIS and Pew made use of Spanish-speaking interviewers and should have reached similar samples.

In any case, it’s clear that Texas has some diversity within Christian faiths (including the Catholic church). However, there are very few Texans from the Jewish, Muslim, Buddhists, or Hindu traditions.

It’s amazing that with so few religious differences between Texans that we manage to squabble so much over matters of faith

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