Photos: Top twelve least religious communities in America -- and where Boulder falls on the list

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Gallup has released a new poll that measures the most religious communities -- a list topped by the Provo-Orem, Utah area, where 77 percent of respondents described themselves as "very religious."

What about the least religious places? Gallup calculated that, too, with none other than Boulder finishing very, very close to the top -- or is that bottom? Look below to count down the twelve least religious metro areas in the U.S. by Gallup's measure, complete with a fun, Wikipedia-approved fact for each.

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Madison, Wisconsin.
Number 12: Madison, Wisconsin
Percentage of survey takers who consider themselves very religious: 26 percent
Fun fact: "Madison is home to the Freedom from Religion Foundation, which attempts to influence government in matters relating to the separation of church and state. The largest national organization advocating for non-theists, FFRF is known for its lawsuits against religious displays on public property, and for advocating removal of 'In God We Trust' from American currency. The group publishes a monthly newspaper, Freethought Today."

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Springfield, Massachusetts.
Number 11: Springfield, Massachusetts
Percentage of survey takers who consider themselves very religious: 26 percent
Fun fact: "The Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield operated five Catholic elementary schools in the city, all of which were consolidated into a single entity, St. Michael's Academy, in the autumn of 2009."

Continue counting down the twelve least religious communities in America -- and where Boulder falls on the list.



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masterfreighters
masterfreighters

They are also not taking in the fact that a giant percent of these people are hypocrites, they claim to be godly, but the fact is they are bad people, in Texas, religion seems to be like a particular car or clothing, they think it makes them look better? These are the most annoying people, one day they are all about god, and the next they are cutting you off in traffic, cheating on their spouses, drinking and carrying on like us infidels!!! A true god fearing person should never stray!!! All the rest are fakes!!! And we will never have those numbers??

Jay Cismaru
Jay Cismaru

They are the new California nanny state town

Chad Kreutzer
Chad Kreutzer

It's a necessary counter-balance to the Springs.

Steve Holmberg
Steve Holmberg

The more educated an area, the less religious it tends to be.

Patrick Layman
Patrick Layman

Big correlation between educated and non-religious. Do you believe in magic?

Amanda McGregor
Amanda McGregor

Since this study is based on survey and categorized by "people who consider themselves to be very religious", I wouldn't consider it the most reliable data. There are likely a dozen other more effective ways to collect and interpret this data to actually get an idea of what areas of the country are the most or least religious. It's bad social research and you should feel bad.

Juan Rojas
Juan Rojas

I don't know Kyle I'm atheist, would he?

Juan Rojas
Juan Rojas

Boulder is just a bunch of racist hippies

Josh Wise
Josh Wise

Isn't the worship of the word of Sacramento a religion? How else do you describe the nonsense of banning smoking in open areas? I'm a non-smoker and I'm starting to think they've gone too far

Craigley
Craigley

The non-religions tend to worship the state.  So it's all a wash.

Joe Redifer
Joe Redifer

I wouldn't say non-religious people are "enlightened". We can be just as big of assholes as those who shove religion down our throat. Of course the problem with that is that we only ever see the problem with the "other" side, never with ourselves.

Ozzie Perch
Ozzie Perch

well, Boulder is a little more enlightened than most places I have lived, and not a surprise either.

Sanaya Tanksalvala
Sanaya Tanksalvala

Heh that's why growing up here I automatically assumed at least a third of the population of America was atheist...

Celeste Archer
Celeste Archer

But it's interesting, Lindsey, that the trend is a lot of folks who are highly educated and comfortably self-aware are starting to make that full circle to see that diviinity is a reality and has an effect on such things as healing and well-being. Even the works of Carl Sagan point to that...as do a number of the later thoughts of Einstein. Think about Quantum Physics and the spiritual reality there. It's the folks who don't understand the "science" of religion and God and spirituality who cause problems - Brian points it out well.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

Their definition of religion is subjective.  Lots of Boulderites worship Whole Foods, patchouli, North Face, Apple products, and government control.

Brian Martinez
Brian Martinez

Unfortunately in this country today, we have a sort of spiritual revival of the Pharisees --people who don’t want to practice love, grace, or compassion, but would rather try to bury people under legalistic demands that they themselves aren’t capable of keeping. Culturally crusading right-wing Christians have substituted the Gospel of Jesus Christ for a Gospel of Morality. They've made it more about following rules than loving God (having a relationship with Christ) and loving their fellow brothers and sisters.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Religion = Superstitious Nonsense for Ignorant Simpletons

Ipso facto.

Che Harness
Che Harness

No, that's why I stay in Denver. It's a nice mid-point between the Colorado Springs and the Boulder self-righteous crazies.

stuka1
stuka1

@Celeste Archer  

Sagan and Einstein were both atheists, and you are pulling your assumption of a "divinity as reality" out of your ass.

Your "healing and well-being" is simply self-delusion, wallowing in the comfort of your superstitions.

HipTip: there IS no "science" in your religion. Science is the superstiion-killer.

hth moron

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Celeste Archer  ... complete nonsense.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@BackOffImStarving "[The] definition of religion is ..."

Mental illness.

hth.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Brian Martinez ... which "God" ?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Che Harness ... your current mayor believes in Biblical Creationism -- that the earth and everything on it are only a few thousand years old.

If that's your "mid point", who needs fundaMENTAL extremism ?

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