Cornwall said the concept of religiosity can have multiple meanings: “One can be religious in other traditions without attending every week, for example.”
Utah is tied with Alabama in second place for the most religious state, second to Mississippi at 58 percent. While Utah is one of the nation’s most religious states, its capitol, Salt Lake City, showed only 47 percent very religious. As the state’s largest metropolitan area the data most likely reflects the tendency for Salt Lake City residents to be more urban, less Mormon than the other Utah metro areas, according to the Gallup analysis.
The analysis was based on cities under the U.S. Office of Management and Budget Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), which have been weighted by Gallup to ensure correct demographic representation.
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