West Palm Beach named top 'never churched' city in the United States

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Are More Americans Losing Their Religion?

A new survey found the top "never churched" cities in the United States -- and West Palm Beach, Florida, topped the list.

According to the research firm, "never churched" adults "have never in their lives regularly attended a church." As a WPTV anchor put it, "The study found that 17 percent of us have never regularly attended church. Santa Barbara, California, and New York City are 2 and 3."

Check out the top five "never churched" cities below:
Least Churched Cities in U.S.
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West Palm Beach named top 'never churched' city in the United States

West Palm Beach / Ft. Pierce, FL
17% never-churched

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Santa Barbara / Santa Maria / San Luis Obispo, CA
16% never-churched

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New York, NY
15% never-churched

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Harlingen / Weslaco / Brownsville / McAllen, TX
15% never-churched

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Chico / Redding, CA
15% never-churched

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Research firm Barna Group, which conducted the survey, discovered four in 10 adults in the U.S. haven't attended a church service in the past half year.

This mirrors what the Hartford Institute for Religion Research has found over the past couple of years.

It found that one in four Protestant congregations had less than 50 people attend services back in 2010. The study's author said, "Half of the congregations could lose one-third of their members in 15 years."

The Jewish Times reports less than one-third of Jewish Americans said they belonged to a synagogue.

The Barna Group survey also found that San Francisco topped the list of having the largest "unchurched" population, meaning its residents haven't attended a service in the past six months, with exceptions made for special occasions or holidays.

Click here for a full breakdown of the survey results.

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