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Bible Belt States 2024

Bible Belt States 2024

The Bible Belt is a region located primarily in the southern United States. This informal term is used to describe an area with conservative Protestant values. This region also has attendance numbers at Christian churches that exceed the national average.

The term "Bible Belt" was first coined in 1924. Journalist H.L. Mencken used the word in an article appearing in the Chicago Daily Tribune. Later, Mencken claimed to be the inventor of the term.

The number of religious citizens living in the Bible Belt region is dramatically higher when compared to other areas of the U.S. The Northeast is home to the least religious U.S. states. The greatest percentage of non-religious citizens reside in Vermont. 37% of people that live in Vermont state they are non-religious. Compare this to Alabama, the Bible Belt state with the highest percentage of residents identifying as non-religious at just 12%.

While there are a few definitions of what states make up the Bible Belt, it's accepted that the following states are included:

Other states that are sometimes included are:

  • Florida (this is debated because of the large number of non-religious people in the state)

In general, these states are the country's most religious. Two cities even are known as the Buckle of the Bible Belt. These cities are Abilene, Texas, the location of three Christian universities, and Nashville, Tennessee, which has multiple Christian schools and over 700 churches.

Bible Belt States 2024

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State
Part of Bible Belt
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AlabamaYes
ArkansasYes
GeorgiaYes
LouisianaYes
MississippiYes
North CarolinaYes
OklahomaYes
South CarolinaYes
TennesseeYes
FloridaSometimes
Florida is excluded by some sources due to its large population of non-religious snowbirds and cultu...
KentuckySometimes
MissouriSometimes
TexasSometimes
West Part of Texas only
UtahSometimes
VirginiaSometimes
West VirginiaSometimes
AlaskaNo
ArizonaNo
CaliforniaNo
ColoradoNo
ConnecticutNo
DelawareNo
District of ColumbiaNo
HawaiiNo
IdahoNo
IllinoisNo
IndianaNo
IowaNo
KansasNo
MaineNo
MarylandNo
MassachusettsNo
MichiganNo
MinnesotaNo
MontanaNo
NebraskaNo
NevadaNo
New HampshireNo
New JerseyNo
New MexicoNo
New YorkNo
North DakotaNo
OhioNo
OregonNo
PennsylvaniaNo
Rhode IslandNo
South DakotaNo
VermontNo
WashingtonNo
WisconsinNo
WyomingNo
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