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Least Religious States 2022

The United States has seen a steady increase in the number of people who claim no religion since 1990.

In a 2018 survey of over 2,000 people, 23.1% said that they were not affiliated with a religion. The survey reported that 23.0% said they were Catholic and 22.5% were evangelicals. All three numbers are within the margin of error with one another, making the results a three-way tie.

People who have “no religion” are a group comprised of atheists, agnostics, the spiritual, and those who have no specific organized religion. Many believe that millennials are driving the trend and that the “no religion” group will be the largest within the next four to six years. The shift away from any one dominant religious group is seen as beneficial for a secular society with a government built on the idea of separation of church and state.

The least religious states are Massachusetts and New Hampshire, both of which have only 33% of adults identifying themselves as “highly religious.” In Boston, Massachusetts, new belief systems and values dominate the city, shifting people away from religion. These include equality for women and LGBTQ rights, causing more people to reject patriarchal or anti-gay religions. Additionally, people are shifting their focus to higher education’s critical thinking, scientific ways of thinking and evidence, and liberal politics for progress and social justice.

These reasons can be applied to much of the Northeast United States, where most of the least religious states are located. The most religious states in the US are located in the South. Alabama and Mississippi are the most religious states in the US, with 77% of people reporting that they are highly religious. All of the top ten most religious states in the US are located in the Bible Belt, an informal region in the southeast United States where socially conservative evangelical Protestantism and Christian church attendance are the strongest in the nation.

Here are the 10 states that are the least religious:

  1. New Hampshire (33.00%)
  2. Massachusetts (33.00%)
  3. Vermont (34.00%)
  4. Maine (34.00%)
  5. Connecticut (43.00%)
  6. Wisconsin (45.00%)
  7. Washington (45.00%)
  8. Alaska (45.00%)
  9. New York (46.00%)
  10. Hawaii (47.00%)

Least Religious States 2022

State Religious Adults 2022 Pop.
New Hampshire33.00%1,378,449
Massachusetts33.00%6,922,107
Vermont34.00%622,882
Maine34.00%1,359,677
Connecticut43.00%3,546,588
Wisconsin45.00%5,867,518
Washington45.00%7,887,965
Alaska45.00%720,763
New York46.00%19,223,191
Hawaii47.00%1,401,709
Colorado47.00%5,961,083
Oregon48.00%4,325,290
Montana48.00%1,093,117
Rhode Island49.00%1,062,583
Nevada49.00%3,238,601
Minnesota49.00%5,739,781
California49.00%39,664,128
Illinois51.00%12,518,071
Idaho51.00%1,896,652
Delaware52.00%998,619
Pennsylvania53.00%12,805,190
North Dakota53.00%774,008
Michigan53.00%9,995,212
Arizona53.00%7,640,796
Wyoming54.00%582,233
Nebraska54.00%1,960,790
Maryland54.00%6,075,314
Indiana54.00%6,842,385
Florida54.00%22,177,997
New Jersey55.00%8,870,685
Kansas55.00%2,919,179
Iowa55.00%3,174,426
New Mexico57.00%2,109,093
Ohio58.00%11,727,377
South Dakota59.00%902,542
Missouri60.00%6,184,843
Virginia61.00%8,638,218
Kentucky63.00%4,487,233
Utah64.00%3,363,182
Texas64.00%30,097,526
North Carolina65.00%10,807,491
Oklahoma66.00%4,007,179
Georgia66.00%10,936,299
West Virginia69.00%1,755,715
South Carolina70.00%5,342,388
Arkansas70.00%3,042,017
Louisiana71.00%4,616,106
Tennessee73.00%7,001,803
Mississippi77.00%2,961,536
Alabama77.00%4,949,697

Least Religious States 2022

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