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5 Most, Least Religious US States

New Hampshire is where Americans are least religious, Mississippi the most
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2017 1:05 PM CDT
5 Most, Least Religious US States
Get thee to your place of worship in Mississippi.   (Getty Images/Cecilie_Arcurs)

(Newser) – Being able to freely turn to whatever higher power one chooses (or none at all) is one of the principles America was founded on, but in some states, residents take their religion more seriously than others. A Pew Research Center survey from 2014 was placed under the 24/7 Wall St. microscope to determine which states were most and least religious, and Mississippi took the No. 1 slot, while New Hampshire fell at the bottom. Christianity is the most common US religion (70% of Americans identify as such), but those who don't adhere to any religion are the fastest-growing segment, with the percentage of "religiously unaffiliated" adults increasing in all states except for one. See which states are most pious and which aren't as wrapped up in worship:

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5 most religious states (plus what percentage of adults consider themselves "highly" religious):

  1. Mississippi; 77%
  2. Alabama; 77%
  3. Tennessee; 73%
  4. Louisiana; 71%
  5. Arkansas; 70%

5 least religious states (plus what percentage of adults consider themselves "highly" religious):

  1. New Hampshire; 33%
  2. Massachussetts; 33%
  3. Maine; 34%
  4. Vermont; 34%
  5. Connecticut; 43%
See where your state falls here. (Read more religion stories.)

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