Surveys show U.S. religiosity, from least religious states to most

Published: Thursday, May 3 2012 4:08 p.m. MDT

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Very religious: 23 percent
Moderately religious: 25 percent
Nonreligious: 52 percent
Religiosity rating: Below average

Religious affiliation according to Pew:

Evangelical Protestant churches: 11 percent
Mainline Protestant churches: 23 percent
Historically Black Protestant churches: <.5 percent
Catholic: 29 percent
Mormon: 1 percent
Orthodox: <.5 percent
Jehovah's Witnesses: <.5 percent
Other Christians: <.5 percent
Jewish: 1 percent
Muslim: <.5 percent
Buddhist: 1 percent
Hindu: <.5 percent
Other world religion: <.5 percent
Other faiths: 7 percent
Unaffiliated: 26 percent
Don't know/refused: <.5 percent

The New Hampshire statehouse in Concord, N.H., July 20, 1999.
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Provo, UT

Interesting list I thought. No big surprise to see Utah at the top and then other states in the South region of the US there right up with it. Interesting seeing the percentages though.

silas brill
Heber, UT

Can anyone see a pattern? Religiosity = backwardness. Pretty picture of DC.

Washington, UT

One curious thing I notices is that as the percentage of Catholics go down, religious activity in that state goes up. All of the high religious states have low numbers of Catholics. Catholics are notoriously poor church attenders, they stay true to their church, but the rarely attend, and do not consider themselves "very active."

Manti, UT

Silal Brill of Heber, where do you get your statistics? Or are you being snarky?


I would be interested in seeing how this list correlates with other rankings such as education spending, crime rates, volunteerism, etc. Just because someplace claims to believe in God more doesn't mean they practice what they preach.

Sneaky Jimmy
Bay Area, CA

Honest, there is a direct relationship between the number of WalMarts and religiosity of the state.
Check it out.

Buena Vista, VA

I've complained about this before, but here goes again: To find the state I want to read about I may have to click up to 51 times. I have a faster computer that loads pages faster than my old computer the last time I complained, but you could put all this on one page that I could scroll down. It seems like every day there is a very interesting list, but in the click format it is hard to use. Then I have to go back 51 pages to get back home.

Orem, UT

@RG-I agree. I think it would be cool to see a sortable table of stats, with filters for region, etc. That would be much more interesting to tinker with.

Tremonton, UT

No surprise that "Ben and Jerry-land" of Vermont and many other Northeastern States, and the Left Coast, are non-religious. These blue states are populated by a high population of liberal elitist-types who think so much of themselves and their intellects that they have no need of the Diety. I would quote scripture but then, again, those of you who are religious know what the scriptures (prophecies) are, and those of you who scoff, wouldn't believe them anyway.

Henderson, NV

Sneaky Jimmy. Duh. Sam Walton opened his first Wal-Mart in Arkansas, and then spread into markets outward from there. Glad you don't work for Gallup and misinterpret that data also.

Mike in Texas
Cedar City, Utah

Is Utah a part of the old confederacy? You would think so based upon this survey.

Filo Doughboy
Bakersfield, CA

Afghanistan, Iran, Yemen and Syria beat us all in religiosity. We gotta get back to basics!

Bakersfield, CA

Did you see the other pattern, Silas? Wealthy, educated states are less religious, more into money, higher infidelity and less personal satisfaction...

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