But before we start singing hosannas, it’s important to examine the metrics that propelled us to the top of the list.
Here’s an excerpt from the article.
“While it’s true that Colorado (Springs), at 5,980 (actually, 6,035) feet above sea level, is closer to heaven than even the Mile High City, we used a different set of numbers to divine our findings. We scoured the U.S. Census and the yellow pages (Yellow.com) for places of worship per capita. Then we tallied up religious organizations (U.S. Census) and the number of volunteers who support these groups (VolunteeringinAmerica.gov). Finally, we considered the amount of money donated to religious organizations (Bureau of Labor Statistics and spent on religious books (Mediamark Research).”
Given that national religious nonprofits are headquartered in the Springs – Compassion International, Focus on the Family, Biblica and the Navigators. They all bring in hundreds of millions annually from contributors around the globe, which means Colorado Springs might be getting an undeserved boost in the rankings.
Colorado Springs was joined at the top of the list by Greensboro, N.C; Oklahoma City, Okla., and Wichita, Kan. Among regional cities, Cheyenne, Wyo., was 27th, Denver ranked 63rd, Aurora 66th, and Albuquerque, N.M. was 68th.
The bottom four included Hartford, Conn.; Boston; Providence, R.I.; and Burlington, Ver.
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