April 1, 2012
According to a Gallup survey about religion and church attendance, Mississippi is the most religious U.S. state and Vermont and New Hampshire are the least religious, Baptist Press reports. The poll asked respondents if religion was important part of their daily life and if they attended religious services every week or almost every week, and found that southern states were the most religious while the northeast and northwest were the least so. Mississippi led the way with 59 percent of its citizens being labeled very religious, followed by Utah (57 percent) and Alabama (56 percent). Vermont and New Hampshire each had only 23 percent of respondents labeled as very religious. The pattern of religiosity, the survey said, has "remained stable in recent years." Nationwide, 40 percent of Americans are considered "very religious."