Watching the news every day makes you think religion can be blamed for many of the world's conflicts. In fact, it's easy to assume that the world is neatly carved out into the main faiths: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism et al... But what about the world's non-practising many? Where do you reside if you're not at one with the god(s)?
Well, according to a study cited by The Guardian, in the UK the most 'godless' city is Norwich, with 42.5% of residents saying they had no religion in a 2011 census. Followed by Brighton & Hove with 42.4% atheists, it seems in the land of the Monarchy, many just don't buy into the church. Elsewhere in the continent, Berlin's 60% non-religious residents lends it the moniker of Europe's most atheist city. (Interestingly, in Norway non-believers now outweigh its believers, with 39% atheists and 27% religious.)
Across the United States, if you skip the Bible Belt you'll find that Pacific Northwest cities Portland, San Francisco and Seattle share the title of the US cities with the highest number of religiously unaffiliated residents (37%), according to a 2015 survey. In contrast, a more recent 2016 study by the American Bible Society ranked New York state cities Albany, Schenectady and Troy as the least bible minded (ie. likely to pick up a bible every week) in the country, followed closely by Boston, Massachusetts.
Just something to think about if you're a confirmed atheist about to travel the world...