PORTLAND, Ore. -- A new survey has found Portland to be the metropolitan area in the country with the highest percentage of residents who say they do not have a religious affiliation.
The survey, conducted by the Public Religion Research Initiative, found that 42 percent of Portland area residents are unaffiliated with a religious denomination. That tops all other metro areas, some by a wide margin. Seattle and San Francisco are next highest with 33 percent each.
Among U.S. states, Oregon is also the leader in religious non-affiliation, topping New Hampshire. According to the survey, more than 35% of Oregonians do not have a stated religious membership.