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Salt Lake City named most Christian in new study

Published: Wednesday, July 1 2015 10:24 p.m. MDT

The Salt Lake Temple during the Saturday morning session of General conference Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. A new study found Salt Lake City to be the most Christian city in the U.S. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) The Salt Lake Temple during the Saturday morning session of General conference Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. A new study found Salt Lake City to be the most Christian city in the U.S. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

Our take: As the world headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake CIty has always been affiliated with its religious history. A new study by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies found that Salt Lake City has the highest concentration of residents who identify as Christian. In this article from the Huffington Post, Jahnabi Barooah breaks down the results of the study.

A study measuring religious bodies in the United States called the, "2010 U.S. Religious Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study (RCMS)" was recently released by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). The most comprehensive study of its kind, it provides detailed county by county information on congregations, members, adherents and attendance for 236 different faiths groups. (The survey differentiates between specific denominations within the same tradition.)

Of metropolitan areas with population greater than a million, the researchers found Salt Lake City to be the most Christian* city with approximately 72.5 percent identifying as a Christian adherent. The researchers found the greater area of Portland, OR-WA to be the least Christian city with about 30 percent identifying as a Christian adherent.

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