Settled among the predominantly Protestant hills of
Appalachia and home to Ohio University, Athens, Ohio stands out as a hub for education, community
and diversity. Since the town's founding in 1805, it has often been called a "bubble" of
inclusivity, and because of this many religious and spiritual communities have
emerged here, with each establishing their own formal and informal practice locations.
The map below labels every religious building within the city, color
coded by denomination. The bar graph below the map further illustrates the comparable number of
locations per denomination to show the extent of Athens's diversity.