America’s Most & Least Religious States

Last week Gallup released the newest list of how religious residents of each state are based on the percentage of respondents who self-identified as “very religious.”

A majority (51% or more) are very religious in seven states:

  • Mississippi (59%)
  • Utah (57%)
  • Alabama (56%)
  • Louisiana (54%)
  • Arkansas (54%)
  • South Carolina (54%)
  • Tennessee (52%)
A relatively small minority (less than 3 in 10) are very religious in five states:
  • Vermont (23%)
  • New Hampshire (23%)
  • Maine (25%)
  • Massachusetts (28%)
  • Alaska (28%)
The following map provides a visual image of religiosity by state:

So What?

Frank Newport succinctly summarizes the larger picture of American religiosity:

America remains a generally religious nation, with more than two-thirds of the nation’s residents classified as very or moderately religious.

Additionally, he places the state totals in context by providing the overall survey responses nationwide:

  • Very Religious (40%)
  • Moderately Religious (28%)
  • Nonreligious (32%)
Questions to Ponder
  • Which of the three categories do you feel best represents you at this stage in life? the majority of your congregation’s members? your community?
  • Locate each state in which you have lived and note its color code.  Are any states more or less religious than you would have guessed?
  • Do you think the average American is aware how religious the United States is (more than two-thirds of the nation’s residents classified as very or moderately religious) or how this compares to religiosity in other countries?  What can you to help increase awareness of this data?

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