Surprise! Colorado Springs NOT in the Bible Belt.


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"?


There are in fact more nonreligious in Colorado Springs (39%) than "very religious".

Well that surprised the heck out of me.

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Comment by Diane on July 27, 2013 at 7:36pm

There is hope yet for Colorado Springs, it would seem.  I had pretty much written it off, thinking I knew the only two atheists there.

Comment by SteveInCO on July 27, 2013 at 11:19pm

A large number of employees of the Richard Dawkins foundation are here.

The national president of American Humanists lives here.

One of the major manufacturers of "Darwin Fish" is based here.

Hey wait a minute.



Has a nice ring to it, no?

Comment by Kairan Nierde on July 28, 2013 at 4:26pm

Nate-What the what!? I have some research to do on Mormons.

Comment by SteveInCO on July 28, 2013 at 5:18pm

@Nate  absolutely true that people don't think of Utah as part of the bible belt, it's definitely its own particular species of crazy.  But Utah aside there are dozens of places in the south he could have gone that might be more appropriate than Colorado Springs.  On the other hand, this way we have wonderful footage of Ted Haggard being a horse's ass.


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