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Do You Live in One of the 10 Most Religious States in the U.S.?

How religious is YOUR state? Gallup recently released new data on religious observance in the United States and some of the findings are really interesting! One point of note?ย Since 2008, when Gallup started gathering data on religion in the U.S., “roughly the same percentages of respondents have self-identified as religious, somewhat religious, or non-religious.”

Which state is the most religious in the U.S.? Mississippi, where 61 percent of all survey respondents said they were “very religious.” In the least religious state, Vermont, only 22 percent of respondents answered the same way.

Here’s the list of the 10 most religious states in the U.S.:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Utah
  3. Alabama
  4. Louisiana
  5. South Carolina
  6. Tennessee
  7. Georgia
  8. Arkansas
  9. North Carolina
  10. Oklahoma/Kentucky (tie)

When you look at the map pictured above, you’ll notice that the most religious states are mostly clustered in the South, while the least religious states are on the West and East Coasts.ย The survey also indicates that most Americans are still at least somewhat religious. 29 percent of respondents said that they aren’t at all religious, but 41 percent–a slight increase from 2012!–said they attend religious services regularly, and 29 percent said they are “somewhat” religious.

You also can compare these findings to our story on theย 10 most religious cities in the country.

Girls, what do you think of this map, and how do the results compare to how you feel about where you live? Take our poll, and then tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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Do you live in one of the most religious U.S. states?

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Source: The Atlantic

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52 Comments

  1. Leftie

    Posted by Leftie on January 17, 2017 at 19:41

    No Missouri. I’m surprised. We have no shortage of Christians, it seems.

  2. USGIRL95

    Posted by USGIRL95 on January 25, 2015 at 18:45

    NJ is very Catholic I ‘ve run into catholics many times 18 years, I grew up in a catholic unless the Lord calls me to move out of NJ which could be possabile, protanst not much,. there re Catholic Colleges/Universites.,, there isn’t much Christian stuff going on in my state. a lot of times I feel lonely , but with God on my side I’m not alone spirtualy alone, physical alone sometimes., I do hope for a re awakening from the Church’s & the Christian Colleges/Unitversites & Ivy leage schools to ‘ve a awakening & P schools Duke University., they need to ‘ve a awaking reptencs & faith through Jesus!! every nation will bow & every tounge will bow on their knnes every toung will proclaim his name,. NJ is not on the top.,. that’s sad.,

  3. hfb2015

    Posted by hfb2015 on April 29, 2014 at 18:07

    I’m a true bred Okie! Tied for tenth!

  4. Artist_Princess47

    Posted by Artist_Princess47 on April 29, 2014 at 14:24

    Apparently my state is very unreligious and there isn’t a religious state nearby! O_O

  5. pinkkitty523

    Posted by pinkkitty523 on April 25, 2014 at 15:05

    I live close to one but not in one :(.

  6. mickeymousebabe17

    Posted by mickeymousebabe17 on April 19, 2014 at 13:20

    #4 Louisiana!

  7. Katie721

    Posted by Katie721 on March 31, 2014 at 15:15

    I live in Maine soโ€ฆ.nope! ๐Ÿ™

  8. kate800

    Posted by kate800 on March 2, 2014 at 15:53

    I’m glad to see that my state’s in the top ten, but unfortunately at my school there’s over, like, 3000 kids (no joke) and only about 25 are members of the FCA (including myself) and it makes me kinda sad :/ So while I’m glad my state’s considered one of the most religious, I’d like to find more religious kids my age in my community.

    • Bailey215

      Posted by Bailey215 on January 25, 2015 at 19:53

      My school was the same way. I live in North Carolina (#9), and we had to basically fight to keep FCA. So many kids, but only like 15 once we were able to keep it going.

  9. Madd

    Posted by Madd on March 2, 2014 at 08:51

    Go Deep South! We’re rockin’ this religion stuff

  10. ShanellElise

    Posted by ShanellElise on February 14, 2014 at 11:48

    Sadly no.

  11. the_real_me101

    Posted by the_real_me101 on February 13, 2014 at 20:11

    huh, I really thought my state was gonna be a top ten at least. I was driving down the highway and I saw like 45 Christian churches through a 20 minute drive!

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by SaralovesJesus on February 13, 2014 at 11:29

    I’m in TN!

  13. Kaityj

    Posted by Kaityj on February 12, 2014 at 18:50

    I live in Mississippi! I’m glad to see that it is considered the most religious state. I’m not surprised by that at all, but I am sad to say that it isn’t nearly as religious as in the past. That goes for all of America, of course. I do see a revival happening amongst teens in my own community and am so proud of that! My sister started a morning devotion at our school last year, and after she graduated, I made sure to keep it alive. God’s love has done so much for me. My hope for the future is a great awakening for His country!

  14. Dancer3721

    Posted by Dancer3721 on February 11, 2014 at 10:41

    I do live in one of the top ten (I’d rather not say which for security reasons), and where I live, there are very few people who would not affiliate themselves with some religion, and most of those people do affiliate with Christianity. I would be interested to see, though, if when the survey says that a certain percent of a state is “religious,” if they mean “Christian religious” or just “religious.” For example, Utah (ranked #2) is known for having a very high Mormon population, which is probably why it ranks so highly–not because it has a high Christian population. When it comes to countries, Iraq is listed as one of the most religious counties in the world (according to HuffingtonPost.com), but they are predominantly Muslim. What exactly defines “religious” in this survey?

    • iamikilili

      Posted by iamikilili on January 26, 2015 at 02:50

      Mormons are Christians! The true name of the church is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and the Book of Mormon is considered another testament of Jesus Christ. ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus, I think it’s really important for people and societies to be religious at all is a good thing, though I would agree that it’s even better if they accept Christ. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Gilliegrl4

      Posted by Gilliegrl4 on January 25, 2015 at 19:09

      I would assume that it just meant that people self-identified as religious. It probably includes people of all faiths, including Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, and people who, in general, believe in some type of greater being.

      I think I would have been more interested in a survey where people identified their “flavor” of religion, if you will, and mapped or plotted that somehow. Specifically, I’d be interested in seeing which states had the greatest proportion identifying their “flavor” as faith in Jesus as the Christ.

  15. haleylovesjesus147

    Posted by haleylovesjesus147 on February 11, 2014 at 09:48

    I live in nc but I go to south Carolina like once or twice a year.

  16. Project Inspired

    Posted by bethann4j on February 10, 2014 at 12:38

    not a surprise that maine is probs the most unreligious state

  17. hannah1997

    Posted by hannah1997 on February 10, 2014 at 06:26

    Well I’m from North Carolina but don’t live there anymore. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Project Inspired

    Posted by on February 10, 2014 at 03:58

    Yup, NC #9
    But I live in a pretty nonreligious town. I think we have about 60% nonreligious.

  19. Project Inspired

    Posted by Jadejam on February 9, 2014 at 10:08

    I live in the UK

  20. applebypie123

    Posted by applebypie123 on February 9, 2014 at 09:28

    Number 9!

  21. Mariposa

    Posted by Mariposa on February 9, 2014 at 05:59

    This isn’t a fair test completely. A lotttttt of the people in my state (Pennsylvania) are religious, but they don’t take surveys!

  22. Project Inspired

    Posted by tidatalida on February 8, 2014 at 23:27

    I live in one of the least religious cities, Portland, Oregon.

  23. Project Inspired

    Posted by TKDgirl on February 8, 2014 at 21:45

    I live in Colorado, but also lived in North Carolina and Oklahoma. It’s definitely sad that Colorado is so non-religious. And I’m surprised Maryland (where I recently lived) is more religious than Colorado.

  24. Project Inspired

    Posted by Splenda22 on February 8, 2014 at 20:42

    I always knew Minnesota, where I live, wasn’t too religious

  25. pinklala96

    Posted by pinklala96 on February 8, 2014 at 20:35

    South Carolina #5!

  26. vsmith21

    Posted by vsmith21 on February 8, 2014 at 20:24

    very surprised that north carolina beat out texas…

  27. alliealliebug

    Posted by alliealliebug on February 8, 2014 at 19:58

    there are so many things that Mississippi is in the top 10 for (most of them I’m not proud of) but i couldn’t be more proud of us now! (:

  28. Project Inspired

    Posted by Carbarrawr on February 8, 2014 at 19:16

    No where close! I live on a base in Japan!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. wakeamy1995

    Posted by wakeamy1995 on February 8, 2014 at 19:10

    I’m a bit confused by the chart. Above the color gradient chart, it says “percentage non-religious – Most” as the fuchsia. I assume that means the highest number of non-religious people, but yet fuchsia Mississippi and Utah are both listed as high religion states. I am confused.

  30. Shaylin97

    Posted by Shaylin97 on February 8, 2014 at 19:00

    West Virginia. Jesus>Religion

  31. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kameeshiee on February 8, 2014 at 18:33

    New York!
    God Belongs in my City!

  32. bluedog14

    Posted by bluedog14 on February 8, 2014 at 17:39

    As Celby said below, these may be religious states, but that does NOT mean Christian. And Atheism is a religion, by the dictionaries standards anyway. A religion is a set of beliefs which searches out the causes of things. I once read a post on here about the most “Christian” states, and MA was listed. I live there and it is absolutely not a Christian state, MA is VERY hostile to the gospel. So just bear in mind that these may not be accurate.

  33. nataliesophia

    Posted by nataliesophia on February 8, 2014 at 11:13

    Massachussetts

  34. Project Inspired

    Posted by Missy15 on February 8, 2014 at 05:06

    From in Utah, live in Georgia!

  35. Lovely Mistakes

    Posted by Lovely Mistakes on February 7, 2014 at 19:09

    It makes me sad how un-religoius Colorado’s has become.

  36. sarahodie

    Posted by sarahodie on February 7, 2014 at 18:29

    Illinois

  37. Kaydre

    Posted by Kaydre on February 7, 2014 at 18:21

    Minnesota.

  38. Project Inspired

    Posted by LearningBeauty on February 7, 2014 at 17:37

    I don’t live in one currently but I have previously lived in two of the most religious states. Louisiana and South Carolina …Military family ๐Ÿ˜€

  39. Katiebug1999

    Posted by Katiebug1999 on February 7, 2014 at 16:52

    I am in Hershey, Pennsylvania….

  40. Jesus4life96

    Posted by Jesus4life96 on February 7, 2014 at 13:06

    I live in Alaska.

  41. Project Inspired

    Posted by Sarah.Frost2 on February 7, 2014 at 05:27

    im in Alabama

  42. Celby

    Posted by Celby on February 6, 2014 at 15:18

    Bear in mind that there are many religions out there and Atheism counts.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by on February 10, 2014 at 03:56

      I’m pretty sure this comes down to ASKING people how religious they are, and I think most atheists would say they aren’t and most Christians would say they are.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by ivyandroses on February 7, 2014 at 15:49

      Athiesm is not a religion, it is lack of religion. There are many religions out there, and atheism is not one.

      • Dancer3721

        Posted by Dancer3721 on February 11, 2014 at 11:00

        I can see how atheism could be considered a religion because the term “religion” only means a set of beliefs as to how the universe has come to be as it is. Atheism comes from the word “theism,” which is the belief in a god or gods, so atheism is only the lack of belief in a god or gods. While atheism is often associated with evolutionism (which is a set of beliefs on how the universe has come to be and as a result is, by definition, a religion), atheism itself is only a lack of certain beliefs and not the actual belief itself, so in this way, it is not a religion. It’s like saying you don’t like chocolate chip cookies. That doesn’t mean you don’t like cookies–it just means you don’t like chocolate chip cookies (which, like atheism, doesn’t make any sense because anyone who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies, in my opinion, is crazy!). Agnosticism is probably the only belief out there that can be considered not to be a religion because agnostics believe we are incapable as humans of understanding how the universe came to be, so they just say “we are, but we have no way of knowing how we came to be.” They don’t necessarily believe in a god or gods, and they don’t really believe in evolution either. They just don’t believe in anything, so they are in reality the only ones without a religion.

      • ruthie27064Him

        Posted by ruthie27064Him on February 9, 2014 at 14:34

        I beg to differ kcarmi98. Christianity is a religion. It’s not like Christian’s are above the whole religion thing. And it’s not like religion is a bad thing. Christianity is NOT ONLY a religion, BUT ALSO a relationship. The relationship aspect, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the salvation through Jesus Christ, these are all things that make Christianity different from other religions, but Christianity is still a religion. Okay, I’m done ranting now. ๐Ÿ˜›

        – All’s fair in love and watercolor.

      • Rbubbles

        Posted by Rbubbles on February 8, 2014 at 19:58

        I disagree that athiests should be counted in the survey, but isn’t agnostic the lack of religion?

      • kcarmi98

        Posted by kcarmi98 on February 8, 2014 at 18:11

        Well actually Atheism is a religion. Atheism is the religion that belives there is no God. And our christianity isn’t a religion. Religion is a practice. Christianity is a relationship between you and God.