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 groups are a more common activity among the city’s believers. They are also more likely than average to say they attend house churches and to homeschool their children. Still, Los Angelinos like things big, with 15% of the region’s Christians attending megachurches (compared to just 10% nationally).
The Christian community in the LA region tends to be younger and more single than average. And also includes an above-average percentage of single parents. It’s one of the few markets in the nation in which the practicing Christian community has fewer whites (46%) than non-whites (54%). Hispanics make up 29% of the Christian community in the Los Angeles area. Christians in LA also tend to have higher incomes and education levels than is true of believers in other cities. Politically, Christians edge toward moderate ideologies by comparison to other Christians nationwide. In the nation’s most populous state, many Christians have opted out of politics, with an above-average rate of unregistered voters.
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Pantheists refer to those Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian, etc.
Born again Christians are those who say they have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in their life and believe that when they die they will go to heaven because they have confessed their sins and accepted Jesus Christ as their savior.