Gallup: Top 10 Least Religious Cities in Obama-Blue States

Michael James | March 29, 2013 | 1:43pm EDT
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President Barack Obama. (AP)

( – Provo-Orem, Utah is the most religious metropolitan area in the country, with 77 percent of the people there describing themselves as “very religious,” while Burlington, Vt., is the least religious, with only 17 percent of the people saying they are “very religious,” according to a nationwide Gallup poll.

The poll results show that the states with the 10 least religious metro-areas went to Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election, while nine of the 10 most religious metro-areas were in states that went to Republican Mitt Romney.

Gallup based its designation “very religious” on people who said “religion is an important part of their daily life and that they attend religious services every week or almost every week.” For the “non-religious,” this was based upon those who said “religion is not an important part of their daily life and that they seldom or never attend religious services.”

Gallup found that the top 10 “very religious” cities in America were as follows:

Metropolitan Area                   % Very Religious

Provo-Orem, UT                                 77

Montgomery, AL                                64

Jackson, MS                                        64

Birmingham-Hoover, AL                       56

Huntsville, AL                                       55

Holland-Grand Haven, MI                     55

Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC              55

Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC       55

Ogden-Clearfield, UT                             55

Little Rock-N Little Rock

-Conway, AR                                          54

Baton Rouge, LA                                    54

Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC               54

For the 10 states listed above, nine were won by Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 election; Barack Obama won only one: Michigan.

Gallup interviewed 244,917 Americans, age 18 and older, by telephone between Jan. 2 and Dec. 29, 2012. The polling firm surveyed people in 189 metropolitan areas, in the 50 states and in the District of Columbia.  The metropolitan areas/cities were based upon the Metropolitan Statistical Areas as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

The top 10 cities with the least religious number of people, according to Gallup, were as follows:

Metropolitan Area                                           % Very Religious

Burlington-South Burlington, VT                               17

Boulder, CO                                                               17

Manchester-Nashua, NH                                            22

Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME                      22

Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA                                          23

San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA                          24

Eugene-Springfield, OR                                              24

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH                             25

Bremerton-Silverdale, WA                                         26

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY                                    26

Springfield, MA                                                           26

Madison, WI                                                               26

All 10 states represented above were won by Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election.

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