Most Religious States 2020

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:

Most Religious States 2020

State Religious Rank Religious Adults 2020 Pop.
Alabama177.00%4,908,621
Mississippi177.00%2,989,260
Tennessee373.00%6,897,576
Louisiana471.00%4,645,184
Arkansas570.00%3,038,999
South Carolina570.00%5,210,095
West Virginia769.00%1,778,070
Georgia866.00%10,736,059
Oklahoma866.00%3,954,821
North Carolina1065.00%10,611,862
Texas1164.00%29,472,295
Utah1164.00%3,282,115
Kentucky1363.00%4,499,692
Virginia1461.00%8,626,207
Missouri1560.00%6,169,270
South Dakota1659.00%903,027
Ohio1758.00%11,747,694
New Mexico1857.00%2,096,640
Iowa1955.00%3,179,849
Kansas1955.00%2,910,357
New Jersey1955.00%8,936,574
Florida2254.00%21,992,985
Indiana2254.00%6,745,354
Maryland2254.00%6,083,116
Nebraska2254.00%1,952,570
Wyoming2254.00%567,025
Arizona2753.00%7,378,494
District of Columbia2753.00%720,687
Michigan2753.00%10,045,029
North Dakota2753.00%761,723
Pennsylvania2753.00%12,820,878
Delaware3252.00%982,895
Idaho3351.00%1,826,156
Illinois3351.00%12,659,682
California3549.00%39,937,489
Minnesota3549.00%5,700,671
Nevada3549.00%3,139,658
Rhode Island3549.00%1,056,161
Montana3948.00%1,086,759
Oregon3948.00%4,301,089
Colorado4147.00%5,845,526
Hawaii4147.00%1,412,687
New York4346.00%19,440,469
Alaska4445.00%734,002
Washington4445.00%7,797,095
Wisconsin4445.00%5,851,754
Connecticut4743.00%3,563,077
Maine4834.00%1,345,790
Vermont4834.00%628,061
Massachusetts5033.00%6,976,597
New Hampshire5033.00%1,371,246