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Old 12-16-2009, 05:55 PM
 
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What states are included in the "Bible Belt"? I know it is mainly southern states, but what are the other states?
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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The main states I would say are a part of the bible belt are:
Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Louisiana, Arkansas, East Texas, North and North Central Florida, North Carolina.... and to a lesser extent; Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and West Virginia.
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:38 PM
 
Location: East Texas
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Texas is known as the Bible Buckle
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:48 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Although not entirely relational there's this map of counties by Baptist population.

http://www.valpo.edu/geomet/pics/geo...on/baptist.gif

And this map more specific to Southern Baptists. I think it's more dated though as it's from 1990.

http://www.adherents.com/maps/map_us_sbc.jpg

Generally I'd say Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee would count. (Not that all parts of each state would) In one survey Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, and West Virginia had the highest percentages believing the Bible is literally true.

Outside the "traditional South" there are places that might count. Parts of West Michigan have been called "The Michigan Bible Belt" as they have strong/conservative Dutch Reformed Church presence. More direct might be parts of Southern Missouri that have high percentages of Southern Baptists and Pentecostals. Dunkin County, Missouri is 70% Southern Baptist or Pentecostal.

http://www.city-data.com/county/Dunklin_County-MO.html

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Old 12-16-2009, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Texas is known as the Bible Buckle
I thought the Greenville-Spartanburg was known as the buckle on the Bible Belt...maybe I'm wrong.
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Old 12-16-2009, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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I should have included parts of Oklahoma and Southern Missouri in that mix as well.
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Old 12-16-2009, 08:34 PM
 
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Texas is known as the Bible Buckle
There are lots of places that are called the "buckle" of the Bible Belt. I think Nashville has the more legitimate claim since it's the headquarters of the Southern Baptist Convention, the Church of Christ, the Gideons, and the United Methodists' publishing house. More Bibles are printed in Nashville than anywhere else in the country. Nashville also has several universities with religious affiliations:

Aquinas (Catholic)
Belmont (Southern Baptist--well, sort of)
Lipscomb (Church of Christ)
Trevecca (Nazarene)
Vanderbilt (not really a religious school anymore, but it was founded as a Methodist school and still has a large divinity school which Al Gore flunked out of)
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:29 PM
 
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Nashville does seem to have one of the best claims. The "National Association of Freewill Baptists" seems to be headquartered in Nashville as well. Other possibilities coming to mind.

Greenville, South Carolina - The city, or county at least, is home of Bob Jones University.

Springfield, Missouri - "Baptist Bible College" and headquarters for the "Baptist Bible Fellowship International." Also has important Pentecostal schools like "Evangel University", "Assemblies of God Theological Seminary", and to a probably lesser extent"Central Bible College."

Chattanooga-Cleveland, Tennessee - Birthplace of "Church of God (Cleveland)" and home to "Tennessee Temple University."
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:57 PM
 
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I feel like the Bible Belt is a part of the country where people talk about the Bible a lot but it doesn't really influence their behavior. I grew up in a small town and I know a lot of people from small towns across the "Bible Belt" Their behavior is no different from everyone else. Most of them started drinking in high school, a large number of girls (at least 30) I graduated high school with 2 years ago are now unwed mothers. The Bible Belt is really no different from the rest of the country.
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Old 12-16-2009, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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I feel like the Bible Belt is a part of the country where people talk about the Bible a lot but it doesn't really influence their behavior. I grew up in a small town and I know a lot of people from small towns across the "Bible Belt" Their behavior is no different from everyone else. Most of them started drinking in high school, a large number of girls (at least 30) I graduated high school with 2 years ago are now unwed mothers. The Bible Belt is really no different from the rest of the country.
Exactly. There is a lot more Christian Culture down there, but not more true Christianity.
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