Diversity of Faith in Various U.S. Cities

The Barna Group notes that “there is little debate that most Americans are faith-oriented people. Yet how does spirituality and religion differ from one city to the next?” They decided to find out and released some of the results today.

I’m not sure what conclusions one might draw from the survey results, but here are some snippets of their findings:

The lowest share of self-identified Christians inhabited the following markets: San Francisco (68%), Portland, Oregon (71%), Portland, Maine (72%), Seattle (73%), Sacramento (73%), New York (73%), San Diego (75%), Los Angeles (75%), Boston (76%), Phoenix (78%), Miami (78%), Las Vegas (78%), and Denver (78%).

The markets with the largest share of unchurched adults included San Francisco (44% of whom had not been to a religious worship service in the last six months), Portland, Maine (43%), Portland, Oregon (42%), Albany (42%), Boston (40%), Sacramento (40%), Seattle (40%), Spokane (39%), New York (38%), Phoenix (38%), Tucson (37%), and West Palm Beach (37%).

One of the underlying stories is the remarkably resilient and mainstream nature of Christianity in America. Nearly three out of four people call themselves Christians, even among the least ‘Christianized’ cities. Furthermore, a majority of U.S. residents, regardless of location, engage in a church at some level in a typical six-month period.

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One Response to “Diversity of Faith in Various U.S. Cities”

  1. Hey, I am glad Spokane got on the list. I would have felt bad. :)