by Anthony Lane
This might sound surprising to many Colorado Springs residents, but a poll by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life puts our fair state near the bottom of the heap according to several measures of religiosity.
According to the graphic above, Colorado ranks 43rd (out of 46 total, since some smaller states were merged for the purposes of the poll) in terms of how often residents attend religious services, with only 22 percent saying they go weekly.
In spite of all the focus on families around here, (and, yes, the presence in the state of religious organizations such as Focus on the Family) the national average, as you can see, is nearly twice as high, at 39 percent.
In other measures, 63 percent of Coloradans said the believe in God, for a ranking of 39.
The Denver Post's David Harsanyi offers his take on the poll here.