Boasting both rugged landscapes and cosmopolitan cities, Colorado has emerged as a state that’s much more than a window to the West. Although 77% of the population self-identifies as Christian, only 42% qualify as “practicing Christians”—self-identified Christians who have attended a religious service or gathering in the past month and who say their faith is very important in their life.
Denominational affiliations are also scattered, with various non-mainline denominations making up 26% of the affiliations in the state. Most churches in Colorado are between 100 and 500 members (38%), but the state also has more than its fair share of churches with 1000 or more members (12%, compared to a 10% national average). Although 13% of Coloradans identify as having “no faith” and 7% do not believe in God at all, 78% say they have prayed to God in the past week. Politically, practicing Christians over the age of 40 are more likely to be Republican (10% of the population), whereas practicing Christians between 18 and 39 are divided equally between Republicans and Democrats (both 3% of the population).
When comparing statistics of practicing Christians to the unchurched, a few notable points emerge about people in these groups. Practicing Christians in Colorado are more likely to be female (57%), of the Boomer generation (born between 1946 and 1964) (40%), and politically conservative (46%). In contrast, the unchurched in Colorado are more likely to be male (55%), in the Gen-X generation (born between 1965 and 1983) (40%), and politically moderate (50%). Marriage and divorce trends in Colorado are not as distinct between practicing Christians and the unchurched as one might expect: in fact, 11% of practicing Christians are currently divorced, compared to 7% of the unchurched. Although slightly more practicing Christians are currently married than the unchurched (61% compared to 58%), 35% of both groups have children under 18.