Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

In the same week The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the move to transform two Provo apartment complexes into training grounds for young LDS missionaries, Gallup named the Provo-Orem region the most religious metropolitan area in the U.S.

According to Gallup's latest report, 40 percent of Americans are classified as very religious, meaning religion is an important part of their daily life and that they attend religious services every week or almost every week. Thirty-one percent of Americans are nonreligious, and 29 percent of Americans are moderately religious.

Overall, Utah ranks as one of the most religious states in the nation.

See the top 10 most religious metropolitan areas in the United States.

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Highly religious: 77.2 percent

Moderately religious: 10.1 percent

Not religious: 12.7 percent

>> Hot air balloons fly over Provo during the Freedom Festival, Friday, July 5, 2002.

Montgomery, Ala.

Highly religious: 64.2 percent

Moderately religious: 23.4 percent

Not religious: 12.3 percent

>> Lightning steaks across the sky behind the Young Meadows Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, Ala., Monday, March 18, 2013.

Jackson, Miss.

Highly religious: 63.6 percent

Moderately religious: 27.0 percent

Not religious: 9.5 percent

>> A state employee walks past a privately funded nativity scene on display inside the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010.

Birmingham-Hoover, Ala.

Highly religious: 56.4 percent

Moderately religious: 28.5 percent

Not religious: 15.1 percent

>> This October 2006 file handout photo shows the skyline of Birmingham, Ala.

Huntsville, Ala.

Highly religious: 55.4 percent

Moderately religious: 25.2 percent

Not religious 19.4 percent

>> The Alabama Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., is pictured Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012.

Holland-Grand Haven, Mich.

Highly religious: 55.2 percent

Moderately religious: 24 percent

Not religious: 20.8 percent

>> Visitors climb the steps up to the Cross in the Woods in Indian River, Mich., Aug. 11, 2004. Whether devout or merely curious, thousands of people from around the world flock each year to the Cross in the Woods in the village of Indian River.

Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, S.C.

Highly religious: 55.1 percent

Moderately religious: 26.1 percent

Not religious: 18.7 percent

>> In this Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, photo, members of the Conway Worship Group gather at the chapel at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C.

Augusta-Richmond County, Ga.-S.C.

Highly religious: 55 percent

Moderately religious 30.5 percent

Not religious: 14.5 percent

>> The Georgia State Capitol, guilded in gold from Dahlonega, Ga., is shown, March 2, 1999.


Highly religious: 55 percent

Moderately religious: 16.1 percent

Not religious: 29 percent

>> Randy and Dar Wagers hold hands during a prayer as members of the Clearfield Community church gather to celebrate Palm Sunday at Wasatch Elementary School Sunday, March 24, 2013. The church is meeting at the school after their building burned.

Little Rock-N Little Rock-Conway, Ark.

Highly religious: 54.2 percent

Moderately religious: 27.8 percent

Not religious: 18 percent

>> Jimmie Treadway of Little Rock, Ark., joins other worshipers at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Little Rock, Ark., for Mass Friday, April 1, 2005.