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? 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.:
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
- 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. 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 the 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!
Source: The Atlantic