It should also be noted that professional jobs often require that you relocate. If you are an Engineer, you have to go where the jobs are - and likely they aren't in your small town. So that is one reason more why the college-educated live further away. Unskilled workers are more likely to find work near their hometown.
Survey respondents were specifically asked if they were raised in a particular religion and whether they had ever switched to another denomination or preferred no religion at all. Overall, 35.7% of those who were raised with a particular religion had at some point switched to another religion or no religion.
Stated another way, about 2/3rds stay with the religion in which they were raised.
Here is one table from that report listing the "retention rate" if you will, of children's religion (once they have grown) compared to their parents:
A. Major Religions Protestant 90.4% Catholic 82.3 Jewish 86.6 Other 70.5 None 45.4 B. Major Protestant Denominations Southern Baptist 71.8 United Methodist 63.0 Lutheran 80.0 Presbyterian 56.7 Episcopalian 71.6 Interdenominational 47.1 Disciples of Christ 63.9 Mormon 90.8 Fundamentalist 73.7 Moderate 57.0 Liberal 46.4 C. Fundamentalism/Liberalism Fundamentalist 80.3 Moderate 81.9 Liberal 71.6
Funny, but we like to think our religious beliefs are something that is uniquely ours - or something we discovered on our own. However, statistically, it is just the bullshit they fed you as a child, which you swallowed, hook, line and sinker - and don't ever question.
They bought cheap cars and never took care of them. My Dad thought oil changes were a scam that the local gas station was trying to pull on him. When I left home, I had similar habits. My parents never sat down and showed me how to balance a checkbook, or anything like that. I got some vague advice about "save your money" and that was about it.
Chances are, your spending habits are probably largely influenced by your parents. If your parents were thrifty, chances are you are too. And if your parents were in debt up to their eyeballs, chances are you think that is normal as well.
The good news is, behaviors can be changed.
But people can change - and decide what they want to do with their lives. Some never do - convinced that they need to obey their parents, well into their 40's and 50's. It is only when Mom and Dad die, do they realize they have their own lives to lead - and then feel cheated that so much of their live was squandered trying to appease the whims of others.