The bloggers at Floating Sheep specialize in analzying geo-coded data on the internet. That is, they study not only what people say on the Internet, but where they say it. They examined all geotagged tweets sent within the continental USA between June 22 and June 28 (about 10 million in total) and extracted all tweets containing the word “church” (17,686 tweets of which half originated on Sunday) or “beer” (14,405 tweets which are much more evenly distributed throughout the week).
The write up and results of this are presented in a county by county map which goes from deep blue (much more beer), light blue (more beer), white (beer and church equal), pink (more church than beer), red (much more church). Be sure to double click for a larger map to see the counties more easily.
Not surprising they found a mostly deep red Southeastern USA, and a mostly deep blue Northeastern USA.
Of course not everything falls in line with the red (Republican) counties and the blue (Democratic) counties. Cuyahoga (Cleveland, Ohio) and downtown Chicago are deep red, obviously due to very religious African Americans. My suburban Cleveland county is deep blue even though it is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans (one of those key swing counties that usually goes with the national trend). Most of the Cleveland Diocese is a very deep blue.
Where is your county or diocese on the beer-church spectrum?
H/T to both CNN and RNS for covering this.