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Photos: Why the hell didn't Colorado Springs top the ten most saintly U.S. cities list?

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Earlier this year, a Gallup poll marked Boulder as one of the least religious cities in America -- a ranking that probably didn't startle a lot of folks. Secular devils!

In contrast, a new roster of the saintliest U.S. cities, as compiled by Movoto, contains a genuine surprise: Colorado Springs, most folks' pick for the most religious town, doesn't top the list -- and the burg that does strikes many as godless. Check out the photo-illustrated rankings below, complete with category breakdowns and a link to explain them.

Number 10: Irvine, California

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Number 9: Long Beach, California

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Continue to keep counting down the ten saintliest U.S. cities.


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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

This was a bit of a new twist for our national city rankings—or a flip, if you will. That’s because in order to determine which cities were the polar opposites of our most sinful list, we needed to look at the same criteria (the sins) from the opposite perspective. That meant we still needed to know:

  • Strip clubs per capita (Lust)
  • Cosmetic surgeons per capita (Pride)
  • Violent crime per year per 1,000 residents (Wrath)
  • Theft per year per 1,000 residents (Envy)
  • Percentage of disposable income given to charity each year (Greed)
  • Percentage of obese residents (Gluttony)
  • Percentage of physically inactive residents (Sloth)

John Twigg
John Twigg

Right wing extremist politics seems incompatible with the concept of saintliness.

steppesmusic
steppesmusic

Colorado Springs may be overwhelmingly religious, but it's largest religious institutions are New Life Church and Focus on the Family, both of whom have very un-saintly black marks on their records.  Secondly, you are far more likely to get shot, stabbed, or assaulted in the Springs than anywhere I've ever been in Denver (or anywhere else, really).  It's the uncanny convergence of sorry townies, the unjustly pious, and repressed military -- not unlike conflicting weather pressure systems before a toronado.

Colorado Springs is truly combustable concoction of human beings, and not a place I choose to visit if given a choice.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

michael:  When you state:  "Colorado Springs, most folks' (sic) pick for the most religious town...", from where do you derive this information?  Was it from your prejudiced perspective and bullshit opinion?  Perhaps you can cite a scientific study?


Aaron LeForce
Aaron LeForce

colorado springs may be a top 10 christian city, but that does not make it saintly. being saintly takes in account humility, charity, kindness, generosity, temperance. the springs are full of self righteous, judgmental, angry individuals who do not posses those qualities. some do, obviously...most do not.

darrin.weis
darrin.weis

Because that crap hole is full of hypocrites. I grew up in and around the Springs since 1979. I'm so glad I moved!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Does a military town/city even exist, which doesn't have REGULAR OCCURRING issues w/ power & authority ???

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay   I was kind of following along and thinking you might be making a reasonable point relative to the "SE7EN" until I came to Greed.  You lost me on that one.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@laura.hartman ... 

Religion = Superstitious Nonsense for Ignorant Imbeciles

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Roy Medina  ... Insha'allah!

steppesmusic
steppesmusic

From what information do you derive his use of "Folks'" to be ungrammatical?

19brooklyn75
19brooklyn75

@darrin.weis I know you personally. You don't like anything you can't afford. But hey, that's just your way cause its all about darrin.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@darrin.weis   Glad to see you made it out.  Unfortunately, that door did hit you in the ass on the way out and left a gaping hole, which seems to now be oozing fecal matter in the form of your opinion.  

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues ... figures a right-wingnut conservative like you would be tone deaf on that matter.


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@steppesmusic Dang step, that's a good question.  1. General sense of proper grammar beat into me by Sister Verona.  2. The believe that if a word that can be used as either folk or folks to signify the plural, one would automatically defer to folk to form the possessive.  3.  If you google "folk's or folks'", you will spend an inordinate amount of time finding the definitive answer.  However, every example seen used "folk's".  Examples include:  "City Folk's Farm Shop", "For Folk's Sake", "Folk's Folly Prime Steak House", "Little Folk's Corner", "Folk's Curling Store", etc.   

Interesting question.  What can you contribute?

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @fishingblues So, in your twisted, donkey brain, you believe giving to charity equates to greed?  

Dang dude, you've got half a brain (to go along with being a half-ass).  Why don't you try using one as much as the other?

I would have given you a *FAIL* or an *EPIC FAIL* as you too often do,but:

1.  I don't copy

2.  I certainly don't copy morons.

3.  I refrain from using vacuous, hackneyed expressions.

steppesmusic
steppesmusic

@fishingblues @steppesmusic Didn't mean fixated in a pejorative way; only wanted to point out it wouldn't be something that would catch my eye.  I think we can all agree it's a silly word, bastardized by generations of rural society so that it no longer neatly conforms to English syntax.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@steppesmusic @fishingblues   Hardly fixating, I just think 'folks' should take more care and appreciation of their language, especially journalists.  Also, Mr. Roberts has a tendency to play loose with the facts and, so, I enjoy giving him a hard time.  

I try to refrain from correcting folk's (I've got to quit that) mistakes unless they make them while being particularly haughty or when they call another 'moron', 'stupid', ignorant, etc. while they butcher the language.   

steppesmusic
steppesmusic

@fishingblues @steppesmusic I'm not too sure, as I've never really used the word in a non-ironic way, personally.  I was more intrigued by how you fixated on it.

I suppose, I'm considering the classic Presidential candidate version -- or how a Harvard graduate acknowledges the "folks" (plural non-possessive) in the audience to endear themselves.

I definitely see what you mean.  One can be "among the folk" or referred to as a group of "you folks" -- which is not possessive.  My English degree is not helping me here.  Stupid language.

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