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Pious people

Gazette staff June 13th, 2012

We hope you’re sitting down for this: Oklahoma City is very, very religious — the third most religious city in the nation, in fact, according to a 2010 study by the U.S. Religion Census.

Credit: Brad Gregg

While the survey methodology sounds very science-y — using census data and whatnot — it would have been easier for researchers simply to drive through OKC and count the corners without churches. (The actual number is 21.)

OKC was ranked behind Salt Lake City and Birmingham, Ala. One of those cities has a distinct advantage as the world’s headquarters for the faith that Mitt Romney founded — or something like that.

The survey tracked church attendance and membership rolls by allowing religious bodies to self-report. That’s probably a bad idea, seeing as how, professionally, church attendance and offerings are the only things ministers are permitted to lie about.

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