Where Are the Most Religious States in America in 2013?

A new gallup survey of American churchgoing finds a few new trends among the godly and nonbelievers.

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St. Clare Catholic Church in Waveland, Mississippi is shown in September 2003.

Mississippi earned the top spot as the most religious state in the union, according to a Gallup poll released today, with 58% of its citizens responding that they were “very religious,” attending services every week or almost every week.  It’s the second year in a row the Magnolia State came out on top in Gallup’s poll, and in fact last year’s ten most religious states are the same as this year’s.  However, among these devout states — nine Southeast states and Utah — six have become less religious overall and the other four have shown no increase over the prior year.   Overall, 40% of Americans claim to be very religious, 29% say they are moderately religious and 31% claim to be nonreligious (ie., say that religion is not an important part of their daily life and that they seldom or never go to church services).

The twelve least religious states on Gallup’s list include Hawaii, Nevada, most of New England and the Pacific Northwest and Washington D.C.  Vermont is the least religious state overall, with with just 19% of Vermonters considering themselves very religious.  Perhaps surprisingly, the percentage of New Yorkers who considered themselves very religious — 32% remained unchanged from last year, pushing the Empire State out of the ranks of the 10 least religious in favor of the surging secularists of Hawaii.

Below are Gallup’s ten most religious states and dozen least religious states.

The Top Ten Most Religious States (Based on % of Very Religious)

1. Mississippi–58%

2. Utah–56%

2. Alabama–56%

4. Louisiana–53%

5. Arkansas 52%

5. South Carolina–52%

6. Tennessee- 50%

6. North Carolina–50%

7. Georgia–48%

7. Oklahoma–48%

Top Twelve Least Religious States (Based on % of Very Religious)

1. Vermont–19%

2. New Hampshire– 23%

3. Maine–24%

4. Massachusetts–27%

5. Rhode Island–29%

5. Oregon–29%

6. District of Columbia–30%

7. Nevada–31%

7. Hawaii–31%

7. Alaska–31%

7. Connecticut–31%

7. Washington–31%

You can check out the whole list here.


That the survey is misleading. For example there are more devoutly practicing Catholics in the Atlantic Eastern region, Great Lakes and Midwest region and coastlines that outweigh the vocal minority of bible thumpers in the Southern bible belt region, and Catholics are overall very well educated laity. Just another article by the secular media trying to mislead the public and promote bias into thinking religion is for stupid people. The secular media is the stupid people.


Comparing the MOST religious with the LEAST has perfect correlation with the religious states are being the least EDUCATED and the POOREST. What does that tell you about religion??


eight of them are southern states !


Tell me some more religious lies so I won't know the truth.  Did you hear the one about the hooker and the priest?  And where can I buy one of those funny hats like the Pope wears? 


Right, @GarySimon, because schools like Duke and Vanderbilt provide a poor education?


Is it any wonder that the most religious states are also the least educated states in America ?