America’s Most (and Least) Religious States

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5. Arkansas
> Adults who are “highly” religious: 70%
> Pct. of adults who pray daily: 65%
> Change, nonreligious share of population: +5 ppts

Some 46% of Arkansas residents identify as evangelical, the fifth highest share of all states. The state also has the 10th highest share of Protestant population at 8%. These two high shares helped vault the state into the top five most religious states.

Some 2% of Arkansas adults are Muslim, the second highest Muslim population among the 25 states with data provided on Muslim residents.

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4. Louisiana
> Adults who are “highly” religious: 71%
> Pct. of adults who pray daily: 68%
> Change, nonreligious share of population: +5 ppts

Louisiana has a higher percentage of adults who consider themselves religious than anywhere else in the country. An estimated 87% of adults in the state adhere to some religious ideology. The largest ideology is evangelical, at 27% of the population. Protestants are second at 22% of the population and have the second-largest share of all states. Some 75% of Pelican State residents believe in God with absolute certainty, a higher percentage than all but five other states.

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3. Tennessee
> Adults who are “highly” religious: 73%
> Pct. of adults who pray daily: 70%
> Change, nonreligious share of population: +2 ppts

The third most religious state, Tennessee is also the most evangelical state in the country as over half of its residents — 52% — are evangelical Christians. Tennessee is also one of just four states where more than half of residents say they worship at least once a week.

Like many other southern states, most adults in Tennessee say they pray every day and consider religion very important in their lives. And with just a 2% increase in the nonreligious population, adults are sticking with their faith in Tennessee more than in almost any other state.

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2. Alabama
> Adults who are “highly” religious: 77%
> Pct. of adults who pray daily: 73%
> Change, nonreligious share of population: +4 ppts

Alabama narrowly missed out being the most religious state in the country, but it is still near the top in many religious metrics. The state has the highest share of adults who consider themselves religious and the highest percentage of Christians among states.

Alabama also has the highest percentage of adults who say religion is very important in their lives at 77%. It is also tied for the highest percentage of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty at 82%.

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1. Mississippi
> Adults who are “highly” religious: 77%
> Pct. of adults who pray daily: 75%
> Change, nonreligious share of population: +8 ppts

What makes Mississippi the most religious state in America is not only the percentage of adults who consider themselves highly religious but the practice of religion. While tied with Alabama as the state for the highest percentage of adults who believe in God with absolute certainty, 75% of Mississippians report praying daily — the highest share in the country. Mississippi has the highest percentage of Protestants in the country at 24%. However, religiosity in the state might be changing. The state’s nonreligious population as a share of the total population has increased faster than in any other state.