Motivation aside, though, it’s still interesting, even if it’s not surprising. As people get less religious, they get wealthier. Or perhaps the other way around. Or perhaps there’s something else behind both trends.
But whichever it is (probably a bit of all three), the United States, as usual, is an outlier. The United States is always an outlier on these kinds of things. Which reminds me: I’d love to see this same scatterplot for states or counties within the U.S. Has anyone ever done that?
The full Pew report is here.
UPDATE: Ask and ye shall receive. Reader Chris T. emails a chart he created from 2000 state data, using number of churches per capita as a proxy for religiosity (raw data here). That’s not a perfect equivalent by any stretch, but it certainly captures the rough-and-ready bloggy spirit. Feel free to interpret as you will.