Most and Least Religious States

A new Gallup poll reports on the most and least religious states in the U.S. I found this especially interesting since I pastor a church in Massachusetts (which tied for third as the least religious state in the nation).

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.

Gallup used the responses to a straightforward question that asked: “Is religion an important part of your daily life?” Here are the breakdowns for the top ten most and least religious states in the country.

Top Ten Most Religious States   Top Ten Least Religious States

According to the poll, overall, 65% of Americans say religion is an important part of their daily lives.

Overall Importance of Religion

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  1. Margaret says:

    I am disappointed to find my own State of Maine listed as one of the least religious. With children in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, I am aorry to see those states listed also, in fact all the New England States are in the 10 “least” column. Yet all of my family are involved in good churches, for which I am thankful.

    Anyone have any idea about why the north is less religious than the south? Surely our cold weather up here should not cause coldness of heart! Interested to know how others feel about this poll.

  2. John says:

    It must be the water! :o)

    It is a little strange since Massachusetts is where it all began.

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  1. American Religious Identification Survey 2008 at Ray Fowler .org

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