This is How Religious New Hampshire and Other States are
Religion can be a touchy subject, but if you’ve ever wondered if certain states are more religious than others, then you’ve come to the right place.
A new study by 24/7 Wall St. reveals “America’s Most (and Least) Religious States,” and New Hampshire topped the list.
According to the study, New Hampshire is America’s least religious state.
The Granite State earned the No. 1 spot with only 33% of NH adults reporting they are highly religious. Nationwide, 55% of adults say they are highly religious. New Hampshire also placed dead last in the percentage of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty at 40%.
Despite these lower figures, most N.H. adults are Christian at 59%. Some 26% of adults in the state are Catholic, the largest group of Christians in the state and the ninth-highest percentage among states.
The Top 5 least religious states are all New England states: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, and Connecticut.
The most religious state in the country is Mississippi, followed by Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Arkansas.
According to the study, Christianity is by far the most common religion in the United States, with 70% of Americans identifying as Christian.
To break it down further, 25% or Americans are evangelical, 21% are Catholic, 15% are mainline Protestant, and 6% are Protestant. States that are more evangelical tend to be more deeply religious overall.
Despite the high levels of Christianity, the fastest-growing religious affiliation is actually no religion at all. The percentage of adults who are religiously unaffiliated adults grew in every state except for one, and it was the fastest growing ideology in almost every state for which there was data.
To identify the most and least religious states, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed a 2014 Pew Research Center survey of all 50 states and their religious makeup. Using data from Pew, 24/7 Wall St. ranked states based on how highly religious their populations are.
A full methodology of 24/7 Wall St.’s findings can be found here.