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.

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Comment by Rose B. on July 15, 2010 at 2:02pm
I wonder about those Canadian statistics, too. I'm 53, now, and most of the people I grew up with just consider themselves "spiritual". They generally believe that there is a deity out there, god or goddess, who runs a place called heaven. Heaven is just a nice place where you hang out with your friends when you die. They think maybe there is a hell, but no one is bad enough to be there forever. (Maybe like a short jail sentence?)They pray when they need to talk to someone, or need a helping hand.
My friends don't get all wound up in dogma like original sin, or who's bumping naughty bits. They feel that as long as they don't screw anyone over, and lend a hand to the other fellow, they've done their bit.
When it comes to statistics, they will just generally tick the box of the religion they were born into,even though they haven't seen the inside of a church for many years.
Of course, none of this is a scientific poll, and just includes the people I know personally.But then, I don't hang around many fundies.
Comment by Earther on July 7, 2010 at 5:18pm
I have thought about what our statistics are as well. It is important when you are still single and looking for a life partner that you could possibly have raise children with. I looked briefly at the American statistics and found in 2008 there were approximately 8 percent of those people who call themselves atheist or secular unaffiliated. That number probably drops dramatically when you take into account how many of those are single and female (specifically). I would like some information on what people do to find a life partner in these conditions.
Comment by Dale on July 6, 2010 at 3:49pm
Good question. I would guess somethingists would fall under the "other" category. As for Dawkins... that is a tough call. Dawkins from my understanding is a combination of a non-confrontational and militant atheist. I know a lot of people who highly like his works and his take on things, but they are all in the university crowds (not surprising). Who knows. Either way, I will do my job to help raise the numbers in my "little" country.
Comment by Dale on July 5, 2010 at 7:41pm
Somethingism sounds like something I would have joked about in high school. As for the stats for Canada I used these two links.
http://www40.statcan.gc.ca/l01/cst01/demo30a-eng.htm
http://www.religioustolerance.org/can_rel0.htm
Comment by Sophie Francoeur on July 5, 2010 at 6:24pm
Can you put a link to the stats for Canada? Thanks.
Comment by Dave Rogers on July 5, 2010 at 12:22pm
I've in a part of the US that's quite non-religious. It's the rare exception when anyone brings the subject up compared to what sounds like the rule in some parts of the south. I really can't get outraged locally because no one is trying to put prayer in my kid's schools or teach them abstinence-only programs.
Comment by Dale on July 5, 2010 at 7:23am
Excellent, let the examinations begin!

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