Most and Least Religious States

A new Gallup Poll evaluates states according to their religiousness.

Want to be almost certain you’ll have religious neighbors? Move to Mississippi. Prefer to be in the least religious state? Venture to Vermont.

A new Gallup Poll, based on more than 350,000 interviews, finds that the Magnolia State is the one where the most people — 85% — say yes when asked “Is religion an important part of your daily life?”

Less than half of Vermonters, meanwhile — 42% — answered that same question in the affirmative.

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Overall, Gallup researchers found that 65% of all Americans said religion was important in their daily lives.

The top six most religious states were

  1. Mississippi (85%)
  2. Alabama (82%)
  3. South Carolina (80%) [We used to live here.]
  4. Tennessee (79%)
  5. Louisiana (78%)
  6. Arkansas (78%)

The top six least religious states were

  1. Vermont (42%)
  2. New Hampshire (46%)
  3. Maine (48%)
  4. Massachusetts (48%)
  5. Alaska (51%)
  6. Washington (52%) [Now we live here.]

USA Today has the details. The complete list of all 50 states is in the left sidebar.

HT: Cory Miller

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One Response to Most and Least Religious States

  1. jov February 9, 2009 at 1:37 pm #

    Also for Washington I heard that 85% of the people that live in the state do not attend church. I just moved here also…