How Religious is your state?

BY MICHAEL LIPKA AND BENJAMIN WORMALD

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.

CLICK HERE TO USE AN INTERACTIVE TOOL TO CHECK ON ANY STATE

Here is how Ohio Ranks:



There are many potential ways of defining what it means to be religious, but for the purposes of this analysis, we looked at four common measures of religious observance: worship attendance, prayer frequency, belief in God and the self-described importance of religion in one’s life. The interactive tool above allows you to rank the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia by each of these measures – and by the percentage of adults in each state who are “highly religious” overall.

What does it mean to be “highly religious”? In our analysis, this includes any adult who reports at least two of four highly observant behaviors – attending religious services at least weekly, praying at least daily, believing in God with absolute certainty and saying that religion is very important to them — while not reporting a low level of religious observance in any of these areas, such as seldom or never attending religious services, seldom or never praying, not believing in God and saying that religion is “not too” or “not at all” important in their life. We also define a person as “highly religious” if they report three highly religious behaviors and a low level of religiosity on a fourth measure.

Here is how other states rank:

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%
11. Texas - 64%
11. Utah - 64%
13. Kentucky - 63%
14. Virginia - 61%
15. Missouri - 60%
16. South Dakota - 59%
17. Ohio - 58%
18. New Mexico - 57%
19. Iowa - 55%
19. Kansas - 55%
19. New Jersey - 55%
22. Florida - 54%
22. Indiana - 54%
22. Maryland - 54%
22. Nebraska - 54%
22. Wyoming - 54%
27. Arizona - 53%
27. District of Columbia - 53%
27. Michigan - 53%
27. North Dakota - 53%
27. Pennsylvania - 53%
32. Delaware - 52%
33. Idaho - 51%
33. Illinois - 51%
35. California - 49%
35. Minnesota - 49%
35. Nevada - 49%
35. Rhode Island - 49%
39. Montana - 48%
39. Oregon - 48%
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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