The Most Religious State Is Once Again...

...Mississippi, while Vermont holds on to its title, too
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2014 11:10 AM CST
The Most Religious State Is Once Again...
Redwood United Methodist member Arveta Avant, folds her hands in prayer before singing at Sunday services May 15, 2011 in Redwood, Miss.   (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

A new Gallup survey looking at religiousness in the US could have essentially just rerun its previous findings on the subject. Mississippi is once again the most religious state in the union, with 61% of residents falling into the "very religious" category—defined by Gallup as those who say religion makes up an important part of their day and go to religious services weekly, or close to it. Some 41% of Americans fell into the category in 2013, while 29% of Americans defined themselves as non-religious. Bringing up the rear among the devout, once again: Vermont, with only 22% very religious residents.

Of the top 10 most religious states, all but one—that would be Utah, which comes in at No. 2—are in the South. Utah is followed by Alabama, Louisiana, and South Carolina. Trailing Vermont are New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and Oregon. See the full list here. A Gallup survey last year looked at the most and least religious cities in the country. (More religion stories.)

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