The Most Religious States vs. The Least Religious States

According to the Pew Research Center these are the top five most religious states and top five least religious states based on the percentage of people who identify as “highly religious”1:

  • Most Religious
    1. Alabama
    2. Mississippi
    3. Tennessee
    4. Louisiana
    5. Arkansas
  • Least Religious
    1. New Hampshire
    2. Massachusetts
    3. Vermont
    4. Maine
    5. Connecticut

So now that we have identified which states have the most versus the least amount of “faith”, let’s check out some other statistics about these states when compared side by side..2

#1 most religious – Alabama vs. #1 least religious – New Hampshire
Alabama New Hampshire
High School grad or higher: 84.3% 92.3%
Bachelor’s Degree or higher: 23.5% 34.9%
Median Income: $43,623 $66,779
Persons in Poverty: 18.5% 8.2%
Prison incarceration rate (per 100,000)3 633 219
Most “Intelligent” States Ranking4 47 3
#2 most religious – Mississippi vs. #2 least religious – Massachusetts
Mississippi Massachusetts
High School grad or higher: 82.3% 89.8%
Bachelor’s Degree or higher: 20.7% 40.5%
Median Income: $39,665 $68,563
Persons in Poverty: 22% 11.5%
Prison incarceration rate (per 100,000)3 597 188
Most “Intelligent” States Ranking4 48 1
#3 most religious – Tennessee vs. #3 least religious – Vermont
Tennessee Vermont
High School grad or higher: 85.5% 91.8%
Bachelor’s Degree or higher: 24.9% 36%
Median Income: $45,219 $55,176
Persons in Poverty: 16.7% 10.2%
Prison incarceration rate (per 100,000)3 437 241
Most “Intelligent” States Ranking4 33 7
#4 most religious – Louisiana vs. #4 least religious – Maine
Louisiana Maine
High School grad or higher: 83.4% 91.6%
Bachelor’s Degree or higher: 22.5% 29%
Median Income: $45,047 $49,331
Persons in Poverty: 19.6% 13.4%
Prison incarceration rate (per 100,000)3 816 153
Most “Intelligent” States Ranking4 43 19
#5 most religious – Arkansas vs. #5 least religious – Connecticut
Arkansas Connecticut
High School grad or higher: 84.8% 89.9%
Bachelor’s Degree or higher: 21.1% 37.6%
Median Income: $41,371 $70,331
Persons in Poverty: 19.1% 10.5%
Prison incarceration rate (per 100,000)3 599 326
Most “Intelligent” States Ranking4 36 4

Sources

  1. How Religious is Your State? – Pew Research Center
  2. U.S. Census Quickfacts – U.S. Census is what I used for all the general statistics per state unless otherwise noted.
  3. Prison Population by State – The Sentencing Project
  4. Intelligence Score by State – The Washington Post
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4 thoughts on “The Most Religious States vs. The Least Religious States”

  1. You should make note that the qualifications for a high school degree differ in each State. Some don’t have very good standards for the basics of History, Civics, Math, English Lit., writing, grammar, General finance, Science, Biology, Foreign language, computer language, or household mechanical repairs let alone social skills to be compared properly.

  2. Keep in mind that those numbers are below 100%. There are still intelligent atheists in the southern states – you just have to dig a little.

  3. Argh. I am with a guy who moved my life to Tennessee. I hate it there. I wanted to get a job in publishing and the only publishers in Nashville are Christian imprint. Needless to say, I could never pretend to love Jesus for money. So I continue to be a trucker and go to places where people are more like me.

  4. It truly breaks my heart how much the people from those states do everything they can to stay ignorant. You can’t reason with them.

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