Monday, November 22, 2010

The Top Ten Most Religious Cities in America

According to Men's Health, that great authority on all things religious, here are the ten most religious cities in America:

HT:  Paul Harvey

1. Colorado Springs, CO
2. Greensboro, NC
3. Oklahoma City, OK
4. Wichita, KS
5. Indianapolis, IN
6. Jacksonville, FL
7. Portland, OR
8. Birmingham, AL
9. Charlotte, NC
10. Little Rock, AR

Interesting to note that the first northeast city on the list is Washington D.C. at #44.

Here are the 10 LEAST religious cities:

91. Miami, FL
92. Newark, NJ
93. Manchester, NH
94. Fargo, ND
95. Jersey City, NJ
96. Portland, ME
97. Hartford, CT
98. Boston, MA
99. Providence, RI
100. Burlington, VT


Jamie Boehmer said...

What's so "un-religious" about Burlington VT to warrant such a low spot on the list?

John Fea said...

It's a university town (University of Vermont) in the most liberal state in America.

alivingstong said...

yeah, if you combine intelligence/education with tolerance, there's not much room left for religion.

Jay said...

I don't know if I would call Washington D.C. a "northeastern" city. It is, after all, functionally in Virginia (a bonafide Southern state) and Maryland (a border state).

I would, however, call Burlington, VT quite religious in the broader sense of the term: wholeheartedly devoted to a dogma and a way of life. It just happens to be a religion of Green-consciousness and PETA, rather than Jesus and Sunday school.

James Kabala said...

I have no doubt that the broad outlines of this list are correct, but I wonder about some of the specific methodology. In particular, the use of "number of places of worship per capita" would seem to favor cities with many small storefront churches over ones with large congregations or parishes. (Perhaps Catholicism explains the low Northeastern ranking as much as liberalism does.) There are also some surprising rankings - Portland seventh? Lubbock eighty-ninth?

deeeeennnaaaa said...

Vermont has the highest population of lesbians.

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