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Old 01-04-2017, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Divided Tribes of America
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What would be an ideal location for someone who wants to avoid religion AND the rat race?

In other words, where should I live if I don't want to be judged for my lack of religion and lack of wealth/status?

Rural areas are less obsessed about wealth and status compared to cities and suburbs, but rural areas in the U.S. tend to be very religious. Are there any rural areas with relatively secular populations? Or any secular cities which are less focused on wealth and status?
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Old 01-04-2017, 01:55 PM
 
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Rural New England and the Pacific Northwest is where you should be looking.

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Old 01-04-2017, 01:59 PM
 
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Rural areas in New England would probably work well. People tend to keep their beliefs to themselves for the most part. If you can find work, the rural areas are not that expensive generally.

I live in Wisconsin now and I think you'd also probably be fine here. People do seem a bit more likely to be religious than in the Northeast but for the most part, people respect religious differences and don't expect everyone else to share their views.

The PNW may also work, but I don't have experience living in rural areas there. I was in Seattle, which is now very expensive.
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Old 01-04-2017, 02:37 PM
 
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Summarizing an entire state is too broad in terms of being religious as there are cities in the South/Southeast which is known as being the Bible Belt where religion has very little impact on everyday life. College towns like Chapel Hill, Durham or even Asheville in NC, Charlottesville VA and Athens GA are some off the top of my head where someone secular wishing to escape the "rat race" can live comfortably.
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Old 01-04-2017, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Old 01-04-2017, 02:53 PM
 
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Perhaps parts of the Mountain West and Upstate NY as well. More here(even though this and religious aren't necessarily one and the same): The Most Bible-Minded Cities in America | American Bible Society
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Old 01-04-2017, 03:14 PM
 
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Come on up to Minnesota!
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Old 01-04-2017, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Cbus
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Minneapolis, Cleveland, Columbus...
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Old 01-04-2017, 10:41 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Just look at national county voting maps and pick out some blue areas that aren't in your definition of the rat race. There are lots of options. In many metros, you should be fine on the religion avoidance front, even those that may be higher on the scale are going to have large non-religious communities. My suspicion is that you'll have to balance the two to find your perfect equilibrium because many rat race cities are also less religious and vice versa. You might also want to study cities/metros by religious adherence. America's Most (and Least) Religious Metro Areas - CityLab
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Old 01-05-2017, 06:11 AM
 
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In parts. There are plenty of cities in Florida where religion is very much part of everyday life and surroundings.
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