Often referred to as simply “The City,” San Francisco has emerged as a global center for artistic expression, technological innovation, and social experimentation. Unlike many other regions of the U.S. with strong Christian belief and practice, this area has high numbers of people who identify as atheist or agnostic or as having “no faith”—22%, over two times the national average) and significantly low numbers of practicing Christians—those who have attended a church or religious gathering in the last month and who say faith is an important part of their lives—20%, compared to a 43% national average. Additionally, there is low... Read More
The Faith Profile of Chicago, IL. Rich in cultural diversity, the city of Chicago creates a vibrant and exciting backdrop for the typical city-dwellers’ regular activities; which for just one-third of the city’s residents includes reading the Bible. To some extent, Chicagoans tend to be more skeptical and more likely to say they do not believe in God. But this should not be taken to mean Chicago is anti-religion or even anti-Christian. In fact, residents here are just as likely to have attended church or volunteered to help at a church as the national average and they are more likely... Read More
The Faith Profile of the market Seattle-Tacoma, WA. Seattle-Tacoma has one of the lowest average yearly sunshine levels in the U.S., it also has one of the lowest number of residents who claim faith is important in their lives. This holds with the proportion of Seattle-Tacoma residents who would identify with any faith. The percent of residents who identify as “no faith” is more than double the national average. The same goes for the proportion of skeptics living in the Seattle-Tacoma area. Skeptics account for 20% of the adult population in this area. In addition, nearly 3 out of 10... Read More
The Faith Profile of Los Angeles, CA. Godless Hollywood? “Lost” Angeles? Barna’s tracking of faith trends shows the nation’s second largest city is less Christianized than other cities in the nation. It has a high concentration of adults with no faith as well as Pantheists (Hindu, Buddhists, Confucian and so on). Still, 24% of the LA region’s residents are Catholic and 31% are Protestant. The city features an interesting contrast in that just 33% are born again Christians, well below the national average of 43%. Yet, among born again Christians it has a relatively high rate of faith sharing activity.... Read More
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