The Most Religious State in America Is...

...Mississippi. South tops the list, while New England is at the bottom
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2012 7:42 AM CDT
The Most Religious State in America Is...
Worshipers pray inside St. Clare Catholic Church in Waveland, Mississippi, in this file photo.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Don't tell Hester Prynne, but it's the Deep South that is the most religious region in the country, while New England is the most godless, according to a new Gallup Poll. The poll asked respondents whether religion was an important part of their daily life, and whether they regularly attended services. Those who answered in the affirmative to both were deemed "very religious." Some 59% of Mississippi residents fit that criteria, while only 23% of Vermont and New Hampshire residents do. But let's be serious, you clicked this to see the lists. So without further ado:

The 5 most religious states

  1. Mississippi—59%
  2. Utah—57%
  3. Alabama—56%
  4. Louisiana—54%
  5. Arkansas—54%

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The 5 least religious states

  1. Vermont—23%
  2. New Hampshire—23%
  3. Maine—25%
  4. Massachusetts—28%
  5. Alaska—28%
If your state isn't listed above, click to see where it ranks. (Read more religion stories.)

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