A clear majority of adults in the Seattle area — around 64% — never attend church or religious services, or go less than once a year. That pencils out to about 1.98 million people out of the total 3.1 million population aged 18 and older in our metro area, which includes King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

The survey includes data from all 50 states plus the nation’s 15 largest metro areas, including Seattle. And among those 15, Seattle ranked the least religious, edging out San Francisco, where 63% never attend religious services, or go less than once a year. Boston was a distant third at 56%.

What may be surprising to folks in the Seattle area, though, is that the rest of Washington is nearly as nonreligious as Seattle. Statewide, 63% never or almost never attend religious services, just 1 percentage point lower than the number for the Seattle area.

  • Comrade GitGud
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    73 months ago

    I read that as churches working their hardest to get new converts, assuming that if they’re unaffiliated that they’re essentially religious free agents, which isn’t how it works but bless their little hearts for trying.

    • @pelespirit@sh.itjust.works
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      33 months ago

      They’re the physical churches, but I’ve forgotten the story. There was some law and prohibition or something? They are/were every block in Ballard.