The Faith Profile of the State of Florida. The sunny state of Florida attracts vacationers, snowbirds and golfers alike (perhaps because there are more golf courses in Florida than in any other state). In addition, the state has become a haven for retirees, giving the state a slightly older median age. These demographic factors have a strong impact on the Christian community profile in Florida as well. Overall, the percent of practicing Christians living in Florida is around average. Yet, nearly one-third of all practicing Christians in Florida are Elders (ages 67 plus), placing it among the top five states in the nation in this regard. And Florida is the top ranking state for practicing Christians who are widowed. Practicing Christians in Florida are also more likely to be women, to have ever been divorced, or to have a liberal political ideology. Although residents of Florida are not more likely… 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 to have donated to one. One trend that’s particularly exciting in Chicago is the enthusiasm of the young adults in the church. Mosaics (ages 18 to 28) living in Chicago, are 1.5 times more likely than average to be practicing Christians. Practicing Christians in Chicago follow the “big city” trend… 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 adults living in the Seattle-Tacoma area do not identify as Christian. The national norm for this factor is 3 out of 20 adults, making Seattle-Tacoma residents 1.75 times more likely than average to not identify as Christian. Yet the proportion of Protestant Christians seems untouched by this. With 48% of… 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. It is a city of independent thinkers. For example, denominational connections tend to be less common among Christians in the west coast city, with non-denominational churches faring comparatively better than those associated with mainline denominations. They tend not to attend Sunday school, by comparison to national norms, but religious small… Read More
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