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24-11-2015, 06:40 PM
State by State Comparison
Got bored today, made a thing Drinking Beverage

This is a principal component analysis, which is a statistical test that uses multiple variables to look for correlation and grouping (in this case, I used a correlation matrix since not all of the data uses the same units).

The red lines show the loading of each variable I factored into the analysis. There are a couple of interesting observations, the least religious states also tend to have the highest median household income, the lowest percentage of the population below poverty, and the lowest suicide rates.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, those with the highest violent crime rate, murder rate, gun murder rate, and unemployment rate, are also the most religious.



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All of the data I got was from here (some of it from 2007/2008, but most of it for the last few years. D.C. was omitted because I couldn't get accurate data for all of the variables I used. And the graduation rate and change in graduation rate data isn't the same for Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Idaho because of they didn't report their data to the study from which the rest was pulled):

http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/NEA_Ranki...03-11a.pdf
http://www.gallup.com/poll/167267/missis...state.aspx
http://gradnation.org/sites/default/file...l_vFNL.pdf
http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/wh...0-year-low
http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/murder-r...te#MRalpha
https://www.afsp.org/understanding-suici...nd-figures
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_violen...s_by_state
https://www.census.gov/library/publicati...kings.html

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24-11-2015, 06:41 PM
RE: State by State Comparison
Fucking South Carolina plots outside of the plot area. Dodgy Fucking South Carolina.

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24-11-2015, 07:30 PM
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Fuck I love having scientists and doctors and smart people on these boards.

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24-11-2015, 08:46 PM
RE: State by State Comparison
Interesting but not surprising. Here are are a few stats that Sam Harris quotes:

Norway, Iceland, Australia, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Japan, the Netherlands, Denmark, and the United Kingdom are among the least religious societies on earth. According to the United Nations' Human Development Report (2005) they are also the healthiest, as indicated by life expectancy, adult literacy, per capita income, educational attainment, gender equality, homicide rate, and infant mortality.


The United States is unique among wealthy democracies in its level of religious adherence; it is also uniquely beleaguered by high rates of homicide, abortion, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, and infant mortality. The same comparison holds true within the United States itself: Southern and Midwestern states, characterized by the highest levels of religious literalism, are especially plagued by the above indicators of societal dysfunction, while the comparatively secular states of the Northeast conform to European norms.


Three of the five most dangerous cities in the United States are in the pious state of Texas. The twelve states with the highest rates of burglary are red.


The ratio of salaries paid to top-tier CEOs and those paid to the same firms' average employees: in Britain it is 24:1, in France, 15:1; in Sweden, 13:1; in the United States it is 475:1.

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24-11-2015, 09:11 PM (This post was last modified: 24-11-2015 09:31 PM by Lord Dark Helmet.)
RE: State by State Comparison
Hmmm. I've seen this kind of stuff before. If I remember correctly, this really can't be looked at on a state by state basis, because big cities within states mess with stats. Big cities are generally blue. So places like Texas have very religious urban red areas that are low crime, but the big cities with high crime have been run by Democrats.

Edit: http://rare.us/story/exploding-the-lefts...ate-myths/

"Of the 25 most violent cities, only 16 percent were located in red counties, compared to 84 percent in blue counties."

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25-11-2015, 04:19 AM
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(24-11-2015 09:11 PM)Lord Dark Helmet Wrote:  Hmmm. I've seen this kind of stuff before. If I remember correctly, this really can't be looked at on a state by state basis, because big cities within states mess with stats. Big cities are generally blue. So places like Texas have very religious urban red areas that are low crime, but the big cities with high crime have been run by Democrats.

Edit: http://rare.us/story/exploding-the-lefts...ate-myths/

"Of the 25 most violent cities, only 16 percent were located in red counties, compared to 84 percent in blue counties."

Oh noes! More fear mongering. Raise your hand if you're pissing your pants with fear of the brown people!

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25-11-2015, 04:20 AM
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Nice work, TBD. I'm glad you have chosen to use your powers for good and not evil!

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25-11-2015, 07:16 AM
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(25-11-2015 04:19 AM)Erxomai Wrote:  
(24-11-2015 09:11 PM)Lord Dark Helmet Wrote:  Hmmm. I've seen this kind of stuff before. If I remember correctly, this really can't be looked at on a state by state basis, because big cities within states mess with stats. Big cities are generally blue. So places like Texas have very religious urban red areas that are low crime, but the big cities with high crime have been run by Democrats.

Edit: http://rare.us/story/exploding-the-lefts...ate-myths/

"Of the 25 most violent cities, only 16 percent were located in red counties, compared to 84 percent in blue counties."

Oh noes! More fear mongering. Raise your hand if you're pissing your pants with fear of the brown people!

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25-11-2015, 08:15 AM
State by State Comparison
(24-11-2015 09:11 PM)Lord Dark Helmet Wrote:  Hmmm. I've seen this kind of stuff before. If I remember correctly, this really can't be looked at on a state by state basis, because big cities within states mess with stats. Big cities are generally blue. So places like Texas have very religious urban red areas that are low crime, but the big cities with high crime have been run by Democrats.

Edit: http://rare.us/story/exploding-the-lefts...ate-myths/

"Of the 25 most violent cities, only 16 percent were located in red counties, compared to 84 percent in blue counties."

Clearly the big cities (and highly urbanized areas in general) don't skew the statistics (look at where the New England states plot)

I can understand why you don't like these fact-based observations though. They really fuck with your assumptive nature about your uninformed political views. Thumbsup

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25-11-2015, 09:22 AM
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But hell, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and add in percent of population in rural vs urban for each state too. Working on that now.

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