A recent study by the National Public Religion Research Institute found that Cache County had the third highest concentration of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in America, with 64% of residents reporting this religious affiliation.
WASHINGTON, DC – Utah 1st The Congressional District has long been recognized as one of the most firmly conservative and Republican regions in the United States.
Now the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) has reported that the nine-county area that constitutes the 1st The district also has one of the highest combined percentages of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in America.
Coincidence? Not likely.
“The religious makeup of a region has a tremendous influence on the life experiences of Americans,” says Natalie Jackson, PRRI research director. “We are proud to release the 2020 Census of American Religion, which allows us to see this religious landscape down to the county level.”
1 from Utahst The Congressional District spans much of the northern part of the state, including Box Elder, Cache, Daggett, Morgan, Rich, Summit, Uintah, and Weber counties, as well as parts of Davis County .
1st The district has not sent a Democrat to Congress for more than 40 years and has given its votes decisively to President Donald Trump in 2016 and 2020.
Not surprisingly, the recent PRRI survey found that the highest concentration of Latter-day Saint church members in America was in Utah County, where 72% of residents belong to the Church. of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The religious census found that the second highest concentration of Latter-day Saints is in Madison County, Idaho, the seat of Brigham Young University-Idaho. But Cache County came third in that squad.
In fact, three of the nine counties in 1st The congressional district is in the PRRI’s top ten list for the highest percentages of Latter-day Saints, and other neighboring counties in northern Utah are not far behind.
1st The district counties in this top ten list are Cache (with 64% of residents being Latter-day Saints), Morgan (with 61%), and Box Elder (with 60%).
In April, Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced that a new temple for the church would be built in Smithfield. In addition to another temple that had been announced for Syracuse, there are four operational temples for the church in the 1st Congressional District (Logan, Brigham City, Ogden and Vernal) with two more announced (Smithfield and Syracuse).
Across the border in Idaho, 43% of Franklin County residents claim to be church members; 37% in Bear Lake County; and 32% in Oneida County.
Out of the other six counties in Utah 1st Congressional District, four have at least 50 percent of their residents self-identifying as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Davis, 57%; Rich, 53%; Uintah, 51%; and Weber, 50 %).
In Daggett and Summit counties, however, church membership numbers are 38% and 36%, respectively.
Only 16% of church members identify as Democrats, according to the recent PRRI survey. This means that nearly half a million church members live in the 1st Congressional District, only about 75,000 are likely to vote for a Liberal or Democratic candidate.
The Religious Homogeneity of Utah 1st The congressional district tends to reflect national trends. The 2020 PRRI census found that religious diversity tends to be highest in urban counties. Religious homogeneity is more often found in suburban and rural counties, like most of those in 1st District.
The PRRI’s 2020 Census of American Religion also studied other American religious groups, including evangelicals; main Protestants and Catholics; Muslims; The Jews; Buddhists; and, the Hindus.
PRRI is a non-partisan, non-profit group dedicated to conducting independent research exploring the intersection of religion, culture, and politics.
Its 2020 Census of American Religion is based on interviews conducted with more than 450,000 American adults between 2013 and 2020.
The most recent of these interviews was conducted by telephone with a random sample of 50,000 adults in English and Spanish between February and November 2020. The margin of error in this sample is plus or minus 0.5%.