Most Religious States 2019

Many people around the world and within the United States classify themselves as religious. Although there are many different religions, most are centered around the belief that there is a higher power. Some regions around the world are very religious, while others aren’t as much so. In the United States, there are some states that are more religious than other states.

There is not a comprehensive way to determine what states are the most religious. However, Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape Study gives us the best picture of what states are the most religious.

This study looks at four measures to determine what states are the most religious. These four measures include:

  • Religious attendance
  • Frequency of prayer
  • Belief in God
  • Self-assessment of the importance of religion

Based on these measures, two states were determined to be the most religious. Both Alabama and Mississippi came on top. In each state, 77% of residents were believed to be “highly religious.” We can also take a look at the individual factors that contributed to this overall score.

Seventy-seven percent of residents in Alabama stated that religion was very important within their own lives, compared to just 74% of people who said the same in Mississippi. Mississippi topped Alabama when it came to prayers, with 75% of the people of Mississippi stating they pray daily compared to just 73% of people in Alabama.

When it comes to attending worship services, neither Alabama nor Mississippi came out on top. That honor went to the state of Utah, where 53% of residents attend worship services at least weekly. Alabama came in second place with 51% of residents regularly attending services, while Mississippi came in 4th with 49%.

For belief in God, both states were tied. Eighty-two percent of people in each state believe in God with absolute certainty.

These two states aren’t the only ones that are very religious, though. In Tennessee, 73% of adults are seen as “highly religious” based on the four measures. Louisiana is also very religious with an overall score of 71%. Arkansas and South Carolina are tied for 5th place with scores of 70%.

The top 10 most religious states in the United States are as follows:

State Religious Rank Religious Adults 2019 Pop.
Alabama177.00%4,898,246
Mississippi177.00%2,987,895
Tennessee373.00%6,833,793
Louisiana471.00%4,652,581
Arkansas570.00%3,026,412
South Carolina570.00%5,147,111
West Virginia769.00%1,791,951
Georgia866.00%10,627,767
Oklahoma866.00%3,948,950
North Carolina1065.00%10,497,741
Texas1164.00%29,087,070
Utah1164.00%3,221,610
Kentucky1363.00%4,484,047
Virginia1461.00%8,571,946
Missouri1560.00%6,147,861
South Dakota1659.00%892,631
Ohio1758.00%11,718,568
New Mexico1857.00%2,096,034
Iowa1955.00%3,167,997
Kansas1955.00%2,910,931
New Jersey1955.00%8,922,547
Florida2254.00%21,646,155
Indiana2254.00%6,718,616
Maryland2254.00%6,062,917
Nebraska2254.00%1,940,919
Wyoming2254.00%572,381
Arizona2753.00%7,275,070
District of Columbia2753.00%711,571
Michigan2753.00%10,020,472
North Dakota2753.00%760,900
Pennsylvania2753.00%12,813,969
Delaware3252.00%975,033
Idaho3351.00%1,790,182
Illinois3351.00%12,700,381
California3549.00%39,747,267
Minnesota3549.00%5,655,925
Nevada3549.00%3,087,025
Rhode Island3549.00%1,056,738
Montana3948.00%1,074,532
Oregon3948.00%4,245,901
Colorado4147.00%5,770,545
Hawaii4147.00%1,416,589
New York4346.00%19,491,339
Alaska4445.00%735,720
Washington4445.00%7,666,343
Wisconsin4445.00%5,832,661
Connecticut4743.00%3,567,871
Maine4834.00%1,342,097
Vermont4834.00%627,180
Massachusetts5033.00%6,939,373
New Hampshire5033.00%1,363,852