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Seattle is the least-religious large metro area in the U.S.

Americans have grown less religious over the past couple of decades, and attendance at religious services is down across the country. Of course, some parts of the country are a lot less religious than others. New survey data shows Seattle is one of those places.

A clear majority of adults in the Seattle area — around 64% — never attend church or religious services, or go less than once a year. That pencils out to about 1.98 million people out of the total 3.1 million population aged 18 and older in our metro area, which includes King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

The data comes from the ongoing Household Pulse Survey, a product of the U.S. Census Bureau. The question on religious-service attendance is a new addition to the survey, which was conducted from Jan. 9 to Feb. 5, and had about 68,500 respondents nationwide ...