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.

  • I’m from the Seattle area, and that seems about right. Most of my friends were agnostic or uninterested, with a couple vehemently atheist. Even my religious friends were relative slackers, with most just going to Christmas and Easter mass or whatever the protestants call it.

    I’m quite religious, but even I’m relatively chill about it compared to others in my religion. There must be something in the water up there.