Gallup found 29 percent of Rochester residents very religious, meaning “religion is an important part of their daily life and that they attend religious services every week or almost every week.” Twenty-eight percent somewhat religious, meaning “religion is important in their lives but that they do not attend services regularly, or that religion is not important but that they still attend services.” Forty-three percent not are religious, saying religion is not important to their lives and they don’t attend services.
In the U.S. as a whole, 40 percent identified themselves as very religious and 29 percent as not religious.
Most of the religious cities were in the South, with the exception of a couple cities in Utah. Albany, New York’s state capital, was in the bottom ten. (There’s got to be a joke there somewhere.)
The results of the Gallup survey are close to what the Association of Religion Data Archives found in 2010. Only 44 percent of Rochester area residents adhered to a particular religion.
Do these findings surprise you? What are the implications?