February 23, 2009

The State of Religion in the States

A recent study found that:
An analysis of more than 350,000 interviews conducted by Gallup in 2008 finds Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Arkansas to be the most religious states in the nation. Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts are the least religious states.
I find this very interesting. While about 65% nationwide consider religion an important part...there is a big difference between being religious and being an active participant in the life of the religious community.

What do you think?


  1. I find this interesting. Of course it's no surprise the South is religious -- think Southern Baptists. The North however brings to mind the English Protestants and obviously much has changed since our country first started. To my knowledge the Northeastern section of the US also has a very high rate of Jewish, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Buddhists, and Muslims. We are a diverse nation, if nothing else. I always think of Vermont or New Hampshire as peopled with small communities and quaint white-steepled churches full of farm folk!

  2. I'm surprised by a couple of things - first, the high numbers in North and South Dakota. The other thing is that although Utah is not surprising, I was under the impression that the states around Utah would have a large amount of Mormons also. But obviously not. Interesting...

  3. Nevada isn't a surprise. :) Having grown up in Ohio, I was a little surprised that it wasn't a bit greener.