So, I can't sleep, I woke up after a couple of hours and haven't been able to get back to sleep. So, I have decided to make a post regarding something that I found interesting while I was at work today. I was curious about the statistics of non-religious in Canada as I have recently seen several statistics from the United States. As I am Canadian I was curious what my own were. As I have heard several Americans comment that they often feel alone being Atheists as they may be the only one in their neighborhood they know. If you read my first post you will know that is far different for myself. I think ever one of my siblings is Atheist (I am 100% confident for 2 of them) and my roommates, out of 6 i have had, 1 was wiccan (go figure), 1 Christian and the other 4 I am pretty sure all Atheist, 1 is a strong atheist even (she was dating the Christian, interesting pair).
So, I pulled up the statistics and after crunching the numbers About 16.5% of Canadians are claimed to be non-religious. I thought this number was a bit low. So, I broke down the provinces. The lowest level of non-religious I could find was Quebec, at around 7%. Not surprising considering the strong hold of the Catholic Church there. While my province was one of the highest. British Columbia is up around 35% non-religious, which is much closer to my experiences to say the least. So, if any of you are looking for a place to move to, I recommend beautiful Western Canada.
What I find rather pleasing is when I looked back over the previous census numbers. This question is asked every 10 years. So, the census I got this from is 2001. Prior to that in 1991 the national average was about 12.1% non-religious and in 1981 we had 7.4%. So i in the span of 20 years we had an increase of 9%. The next census is due to be taken next year. I am hoping we will break the 20% mark. I would be really happy if that were the case.
One interesting fact, the Anglican church has lost ground as the second largest Christian group to... the United Church.
Well, I shall attempt to sleep again. Goodnight everyone.