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 than average to be Christian, they are more likely than average to be born again and have an orthodox view of God. But still Floridians struggle to accept the principles of the Bible as completely true or to believe Satan is a real being and not just a symbol of evil. Fewer born-again Christians in Florida meet the criteria to be evangelical and therefore fall into the middle category of non-evangelical, born-again Christians.
The percent of unchurched adults in Florida is on par with the national average, but a few segments of this category do stand out: married, white or upscale adults are all more likely to be unchurched in Florida than compared to the national average. Men and adults who are over the age of 40 are also more likely to be unchurched in Florida.
About one out of every seven Christians in Florida attend a large church, where the weekly attendance ranges anywhere from 500 to less than 1,000. Across the nation, this represents the highest percent of Christians attending large churches. By comparison, the percent of Christians attending a small church (weekly attendance of 100 or less) is 10 percent points below average. Additionally, attendance of a Sunday school class is lower in Florida.
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