Seattle-Tacoma, WA

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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 adults living in the Seattle-Tacoma area identifying as Protestant, this is right on par with the national average. It is among Catholic Christians where the most impact is seen. The proportion of Catholic adults living in this area is barely half the national norm.

Considering the below average proportion of Christians and the above average proportion of skeptics and adults with no faith, it should come as no surprise that of the different faith activities Barna Group assesses, Seattle-Tacoma residents tend to be below average in participation. Specifically, when it comes to church attendance, the proportion of adults living in the Seattle-Tacoma area who are unchurched is 10 percent-points higher than the national average. Forty-one percent of Seattle-Tacoma adults (41%, 13 percent-points above the national average) say they do not read the Bible and are more inclined to believe the Bible does not teach accurate principles.

The demographic and psychographic make-up of practicing Christians living in the Seattle-Tacoma market skews more ethnically white with fewer single parent homes. Practicing Christians in this area are also somewhat more likely than average to be registered Independent party voters and less likely to be either registered Republicans or Democrats.

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59%
Overall importance of faith - % agree strongly
Below National Average
68%
12%
Catholics
Below National Average
21%
72%
identify as Christians
Below National Average
84%
18%
Identify as no faith
Above National Average
8%
41%
do not read Bible + less accurate principles
Above National Average
28%
43%
unchurched
Above National Average
33%
20%
Skeptic
Above National Average
9%
18%
registered Independent party voters - % practicing Christians
Above National Average
14%
4%
single parent homes - % practicing Christians
Below National Average
8%
77%
white - % practicing Christians
Above National Average
66%