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-How ‘Religious’ is Each State?

by Dr. D ~ March 8th, 2016


Here’s the interesting results of a recent poll by Pew. The research attempts to define the American states that are the most ‘religious’ and the ones which are the least measured by the percentage of those in each who claim that “religion is very important in their lives.” From Pew Research:

Mississippi, Alabama and other Southern states are among the most highly religious states in the nation, while New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine in New England are among the least devout, according to some of the key measures used to determine levels of religiosity in the Pew Research Center’s most recent Religious Landscape Study.

Here’s the top ten states:

1. Alabama  77%

1. Mississippi  77%

3. Tennessee  73%

4. Louisiana  71%

5. Arkansas  70%

5. South Carolina  70%

7. West Virginia  69%

8. Georgia  66%

8. Oklahoma  66%

10. North Carolina  65%


The bottom ten:

41. Colorado  47%

41. Hawaii  47%

43. New York  46%

44. Alaska  45%

44. Washington  45%

44. Wisconsin  45%

47. Connecticut  43%

48. Maine  34%

48. Vermont  34%

50. Massachusetts  33%

50. New Hampshire  33%

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Response: With the 2016 presidential election on everyone’s mind, one might also expect a possible correlation between the religious fervor of each state and how the vote seems to go politically on a continuum between left and right, liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican. Alaska would be an obvious exception to that possible idea.

Interestingly my old state California is only # 35 on the list with 49% who claim to be serious about their religion. Many would expect it to be among the least but California is really several different states in one and a real enigma. Outside of the radical ‘liberal’ confines of San Francisco and Los Angeles metro areas it is largely conservative and at least it is more evenly divided in San Diego. There is a serious effort afoot (which undoubtedly will fail) to split the state in half or even thirds since the two large liberal metro areas out vote the rest of the folks in the state which is far more conservative.                *Top

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