Mar 29, 2024 - Religion

About half of Chicago adults never or rarely attend religious services

Share of adults who say they never or rarely attend religious services
Data: Household Pulse Survey; Note: Adults who say they never attend or attend less than once a year; Map: Alice Feng/Axios

Nearly half of Chicago-area adults never or seldom attend church or religious services — on par with the national average, per a new Axios analysis of Household Pulse Survey data.

The big picture: More than three-quarters of Americans say religion's role in public life is shrinking, per a recent Pew Research Center survey — the highest level since the group started tracking such sentiment in 2001.

  • About 57% of adults say that religion has a positive impact on American life, per Pew.

By the numbers: 49% of Chicago-area adults never attend services or go less than once a year, while 19% say they attend 12 or more times a year. About 14% attend 1-3 times per year.

  • Nationwide, 30% of Protestants say they attend services weekly, compared with 28% of Muslims, 23% of Catholics and 16% of Jews.

Zoom out: Vermont (75%), New Hampshire (66%) and Maine (66%) are among the states with the highest share of adults who say they never or seldom attend church or religious services.

  • Mississippi (32%), Alabama (36%) and Louisiana (37%) have the lowest shares.

Friction point: Nearly half of U.S. adults say they feel at least "some" tension between their religious beliefs and mainstream culture, Pew found.

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