The Rundown Blog at PBS has a map of the Tea Party, adapted from a database created by Patchwork Nation that aggregated names of Tea Partiers registering in various online directories.

According to this collection of databases, there are 67,000 registered Tea Partiers across the country. The heaviest presence was found to be in fast-growing suburbs, known to be Republican strongholds.

The geographic snapshot: According to tea party member databases, there are roughly 67,000 members in counties across America, but the biggest producers of tea-party members in Patchwork Nation, per capita, are the “Boom Town” counties. These places experienced rapid growth around 2000 – and the worst part of the housing crash that followed.

What might be more interesting is which traditionally conservative demographics did not register as Tea Partiers:

One might, for instance, expect to see more members in the aging “Emptying Nests” or socially conservative “Evangelical Epicenters.” Both lean conservative, but both groups appear lower on this list.

As many have already noted, there is something of a divide between the tea party and more religious conservatives. Some in the “Epicenters,” for example, feel the group is not focused enough on social issues.

Also, it may be that people in the “Emptying Nests,” where computer skills are often lacking, simply haven’t registered with the websites.

It’s also worth noting that the small-town “Service Worker Centers” sit low on the list. Those places do tend to lean right, but they don’t seem very engaged with the tea party yet.

From a political strategist’s standpoint, this division between Tea Partiers and religious conservatives is intriguing. For a long time, the religious right cornered the market on conversative passion and intensity. Yet, now, fiscally-minded Tea Partiers seem to be taking that mantle and running with it.

The Republican Party has some interesting decisions to make in the future in trying to balance both sides while sustaining the political momentum it has. And all of this must be done recognizing that young people aren’t religious and aren’t fond of the Tea Party’s socialism-phobia.

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