[Ed. – Which is no doubt why Seattle has lost its basketball team, and its elephants, to Oklahoma City.]
Just 3 percent of Americans consider themselves atheists, but there’s one city in which a much larger portion of the population — a stunning one in 10 residents — identify as nonbelievers: Seattle.
In fact, according to the Seattle Sun Times, the city has the highest rate of atheists among the nation’s largest metro areas.
Overall, the percentage of unaffiliated residents in Seattle — those individuals who either don’t believe in a higher power or are unaffiliated with a faith — is 37 percent, compared to about 23 percent nationally, according to recently released Pew Research Center data.
And the total percentage of atheist and agnostic residents in Seattle is 16 percent, compared to just 7.1 percent nationally.
Meanwhile, 52 percent of Seattle residents are Christians, while the national proportion is 70.6 percent, showing just how different the city is from the country as a whole when it comes to matters of personal faith and religion.