Mapping Canada

Church tweets vs. hockey tweets

(While these results are not entirely scientific, they do make sense)

It’s been said many times that hockey is Canada’s religion. Inspired by this, we asked to do some data-crunching.

Drawing on a year of tweets geotagged to specific cities, they tracked the number of references to “church” and “hockey,” and we compared them to see where people tweeted the most about one over the other. (Cities where there was a balance between the two topics aren’t shown.) It’s by no means scientific, but the results make sense. A core of hockey tweeters exists in Vancouver surrounded by B.C.’s Bible belt and, after the Canadiens’ Stanley Cup run, Montreal had one thing on its mind. As for church-tweeting Leafs fans, well, they have endured a championship drought of Biblical proportions.


More from our series, Mapping Canada:

Canadian cities that swear the most on Twitter
Where the poorest Canadians live
Canadian weather extremes

See all maps in the series, here.

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