Unlike what I usually do when I crosspost from my blog (where I simply paste the text in), I'll provide a TL;DR here because I want to highlight the thing I found really surprising.
In a Gallup Poll where they classified people into "very", "moderately" and "non" religious, and did this not by state but by metro area, the bible belt and Utah typically would score 50-60 percent "very" religious. Provo UT stuck out as being the only city in America with over 65 percent religious and it came in at seventy seven percent. It really stands out above (well below actually) everyone else.
Places like Boulder CO and Burlington Vermont--famous for birkenstock liberals, would score in the upper teens, with over 60 percent non-religious (in fact other than those two no one exceeds 53 percent non-religious). A city like Denver (complained about here in Colorado Springs for being way too damn liberal) comes in at 31 percent very religious, 41.5 percent non-religious.
What about Colorado Springs? Where New Life Church is? Where Focus on the Family is? The Navigators? Young Life? etc, etc?
Where Richard Dawkins came to show a city that was supposedly a fucking paragon of the Bible Belt, when he did "Root of All Evil"?
THIRTY FIVE PERCENT.
There are in fact more nonreligious in Colorado Springs (39%) than "very religious".
Well that surprised the heck out of me.