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Do You Live in One of the Most or Least Religious States in the US?

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The Malcolm Shabazz Mosque in Harlem

Discovery reported today on a Gallup poll that determined which states are the most and least religious in the US based on the views shared by local residents. It should come as no surprise that the majority of people who identify as religious live in the Southeast and the majority of people who identify as non-religious are in New England. Gallup notes that “the most religious states in the union generally are the most Republican, while the least religious states skew more toward the Democratic Party,” which means “that the most divided states — and thus, those where most of the heavy-duty campaigning in this year’s presidential election will be taking place — are the ones where residents tend to be neither at the very religious nor at the nonreligious end of the spectrum.”

Think you can guess what the most and least religious states are? Check your answers below while you treat yourself to images of some of the most lovely houses of worship in the nation:


  • 10. Most Religious State: Oklahoma 1 of 20
    10. Most Religious State: Oklahoma
    A photo of the Oklahoma City National Memorial, with a statue of the weeping Jesus in front. 48% of Oklahoma residents consider themselves religious.
  • 9. Most Religious State: Georgia 2 of 20
    9. Most Religious State: Georgia
    The steeple of the Independent Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Georgia. 48% of Georgia residents are religious.
  • 8. Most Religious State: North Carolina 3 of 20
    8. Most Religious State: North Carolina
    The Duke University chapel at sunrise, Durham, North Carolina. Half the population there calls themselves religious.
  • 7. Most Religious State: Tennessee 4 of 20
    7. Most Religious State: Tennessee
    Baptist Church in Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee. 52% there are worshipers.
  • 6. Most Religious State: South Carolina 5 of 20
    6. Most Religious State: South Carolina
    Historic Church of the Cross in Bluffton, South Carolina, where 54% of the population is religious.
  • 5. Most Religious State: Arkansas 6 of 20
    5. Most Religious State: Arkansas
    An abandoned church in rural Arkansas, where 54% of residents consider themselves religious.
  • 4. Most Religious State: Louisiana 7 of 20
    4. Most Religious State: Louisiana
    Above, the St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. 54% of Louisiana residents are religious.
  • 3. Most Religious State: Alabama 8 of 20
    3. Most Religious State: Alabama
    This photo is of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. organized the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955. 56% of residents call themselves religious.
  • 2. Most Religious State: Utah 9 of 20
    2. Most Religious State: Utah
    Home of the Mormon church (or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), 57% of Utah's residents consider themselves religious. This is a photo of the Mormon Temple in Manti, Utah.
  • 1. Most Religious State: Mississippi 10 of 20
    1. Most Religious State: Mississippi
    59% of the population describe themselves as very religious. Discovery notes, " though Mississippi has the highest percentage of blacks of any U.S. state -- and blacks are the most religious of any major race or ethnicity in the country -- white residents of the Magnolia State are highly religious, more so than whites in other states."
  • 10. Least Religious State: Washington, DC 11 of 20
    10. Least Religious State: Washington, DC
    The rose window of the Sixth and I historic synagogue in DC. The building's original 1908 rose window was removed when the building became occupied by a church. The current window was reproduced as part of the 2002 reconstruction by a team working from vintage photos of the original. 32% of DC residents consider themselves religious.
    Photo via Flickr
  • 9. Least Religious State: Connecticut 12 of 20
    9. Least Religious State: Connecticut
    A photo of downtown New Haven. 31% of Connecticut dwellers are religious.
  • 8. Least Religious State: Washington State 13 of 20
    8. Least Religious State: Washington State
    A stone cross over the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Washington. 30% of the people there are devout.
  • 7. Least Religious State: Nevada 14 of 20
    7. Least Religious State: Nevada
    A drive-thru chapel in Las Vegas. 30% of Nevada's population is religious.
    Photo via Flickr
  • 6. Least Religious State: Oregon 15 of 20
    6. Least Religious State: Oregon
    An old clapboard church in Willamette Valley, Oregon. 30% of the people there describe themselves as religious.
  • 5. Least Religious State: Alaska 16 of 20
    5. Least Religious State: Alaska
    Sarah Palin may not be the best representative of Alaska after all, since only 28% of Alaskans consider themselves religious. This photo is of the Methodist Church in Moose Pass.
  • 4. Least Religious State: Massachusetts 17 of 20
    4. Least Religious State: Massachusetts
    Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, the first Jewish congregation in Massachusetts, formed in 1842. 28% of Mass residents are religious.
    Photo via Flickr
  • 3. Least Religious State: Maine 18 of 20
    3. Least Religious State: Maine
    Old church in Ogunquit, Maine. 25% of Maine's residents are religious.
  • 2. Least Religious State: New Hampshire 19 of 20
    2. Least Religious State: New Hampshire
    A country church surrounded with autumn sugar maples in Hillsboro, New Hampshire, where 23% of people call themselves religious.
  • 1. Least Religious State: Vermont 20 of 20
    1. Least Religious State: Vermont
    A photo of Montpelier, Vermont. Only 23% of the hippies in Vermont feel religious.

Slideshow photos via iStock unless noted. Main photo via Flickr.

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