Monday, June 30, 2008

AZ Churchgoer Rate is Far Behind Nation's

I lived in Arizona for 10 years and call it my home.

I often thought of Arizona as being very conservative. So I imagined that a lot of its population was religious.

But it turns out that Arizona's churchgoer rate is far behind the nation's.

Thirty-nine percent of Arizonans say they seldom or never go to worship service, which is much higher than the national average of 27 percent. And a Pew survey released on Feb. 25 said 22 percent of Arizonans claim no religious affiliation at all, also higher than the national norm.

The Arizona Daily Star article says that this difference could be attributable to the fact that many Arizonans have come to Arizona from a different state. They are "transients" and don't have a history of going to a church because their grandfathers or great grandfathers did.

The Atheist Blogger was recently asking which area in the U.S. had the most atheists or non-believers. While university towns and places such as San Francisco and Seattle are options, he might also want to consider Arizona. It's a beautiful state with many different climates and landscapes and a great place to live.

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