Seattle, Washington is a very distinct and diverse metropolitan city. This includes the diverse religions affiliations and belief systems of the Seattle area residents. Curious, this article focuses on available information as pertaining to what exactly makes up the religious diversity in our area. This information comes from the City Data and includes a lot of information about Seattle. The source for this information that is contained at city-data.com is based upon a survey conducted by the Glenmary Research Center in Nashville, TN and conducted by Dale E. Jones. It is published in the 2002 Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000.
The first fun fact that we find is that those in the Seattle area who are affiliated with a religious congregation make up 37.26% of the population. This is broken down by what specific religious affiliation area residents belong to.
Other is 45% of the area residents affiliated with an unspecified religious belief and congregation
Catholic Church makes up 43% of the population that is affiliated with a congregation.
LDS (Mormon) Church makes up 6% of those who are affiliated with a religious background and belief system.
Evangelical Lutheran Church of America follows with 5% adherents.
Below this pie chart, we find the following information:
Catholic Church => 43.3% adherents with 5.9% congregations
LDS (Mormon) Church => 6.3% adherents with 9.7% congregations
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America => 5.5% with 6.2% congregations
Presbyterian Church (USA) => 4.2% with 5.5% congregations
Assemblies of God => 3.8% with 5.6% congregations.
United Methodist Church => 2.9% Adherents with 4.6% congregations
Episcopal Church => 2.8% adherents with 3.6% congregations
Charismatic Churches Independent => 2.7% adherents with 0.7% congregations
Non-Charismatic Churches Independent => 2.0% adherents with 0.6% congregations
Other => 26.6% adherents with 57.7% congregations
History.com has an article that was published about Seattle history and information. This information includes religious affiliation and influence within the Seattle community:
Among Seattleites of European extraction, the dominant religion is Protestantism; the Roman Catholic population is also large, and, owing to a well-established eastern European immigrant community, the Orthodox church has many adherents. Seattle also has a relatively large Jewish community, whose presence in the city dates to the 1860s. The first Jewish congregation was established in 1889 and built the city’s first synagogue in 1892. A significant proportion of Seattleites, however, profess no religion; although statistics on the question are inexact, statewide religious surveys reveal that anywhere from one-sixth to one-fourth of Washingtonians are atheists, agnostics, or otherwise unaffiliated, and Seattle’s liberal social and political milieu suggests that the city has at least the same proportion of nonreligious citizens.
With such a diversity of religious affiliation and belief system, the one question remains – how does this diversity affect and influence the Seattle community as a whole?