The Barna Group just released new data on the faith practices of the City of Chicago.
Rich in cultural diversity, the city of Chicago creates a vibrant and exciting backdrop for the typical city-dwellers’ regular activities; which for just one-third of the city’s residents includes reading the Bible. To some extent, Chicagoans tend to be more skeptical and more likely to say they do not believe in God. But this should not be taken to mean Chicago is anti-religion or even anti-Christian. In fact, residents here are just as likely to have attended church or volunteered to help at a church as the national average and they are more likely to have donated to one. One trend that’s particularly exciting in Chicago is the enthusiasm of the young adults in the church. Mosaics (ages 18 to 28) living in Chicago, are 1.5 times more likely than average to be practicing Christians.
Practicing Christians in Chicago follow the “big city” trend and are more likely to be young and single. Just over one in five practicing Christians in Chicago have never been married, and as previously mentioned the younger generation is creating quite a stir. Practicing Christian families living in Chicago are 1.6 times more likely to be a single parent home; though the divorce rate is lower than the category average. Catholicism has played a strong role in this community, more so than in most cities nationwide. The percent of white, practicing Catholics is nearly double the national average. Among practicing Christians in Chicago, their political ideology skews more liberal, though a majority hold to a moderate view. Practicing Christians between the ages of 18 and 35 in Chicago are much less likely to be Republican than their peers.
- 37% read the Bible (past week) - Below National Average 43%
- 11% skeptic - Above National Average 9%
6%do not believe in God - Above National Average 4%
- 12% Mosaics - % practicing Christians - Above National Average 8%
- 81% donated to churches - Above National Average 68%
- 13%white - % practicing Christians - Above National Average 7%
- 22%never been married - % practicing Christian - Above National Average 15%
- 13%single parent - % practicing Christian - Above National Average 8%
- 17% divorce rate - % practicing Christian - Below National Average 24%
- 17% liberal political ideology - % practicing Christian - Above National Average 10%
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