Religion and income

A friend posted this cool graphic of religion and income (and college education) on facebook.

Just a couple thoughts…

1) Didn’t know Jehovah’s Witnesses were so poor.  What does that say about me that they make regular appearances in my neighborhood?

2) I’d love to see the regression line, as having both income and education data are almost superfluous, but there’s a couple interseting exceptions, e.g., unitarians seem like they are poor relative to their education.

3) Wonder how much (obviously, far from all) is explained by race.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

2 Responses to Religion and income

  1. Very interesting post. Thanks for sharing. I’m very curious about how the data was collected, and what, exactly, was observed. Did they only ask Mormons in Utah, as opposed to other stats? Did they ask Jews in other countries? etc etc.

  2. matt says:

    Yep JW’s are not generally wealthy though I know of two in my area who would be considered upper middle class. In a place like Denver, you will find more JW’s with a higher income, naturally. We are generally a happy group though, we dont stress over financial gain but instead trust that ‘anyone righteous will not be left looking for bread’. It is a satisfying life, being concerned with the basics while reaching out to help others learn the peace of mind that drawing close to God brings.

    Thanks for not being sarcastic, usually when I find posts like these people are rude so I dont comment.

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