Wednesday, February 17, 2010

How Religious are the People of Your State?

I encountered some very interesting statistics, complete with interactive charts, at this website. The statistics compare "how religious" the residents of each state are with regard to the following:

  • Importance of religion
  • Worship attendance
  • Frequency of prayer
  • Belief in God
Mississippi ranks highest in all four categories. Below are the percentages in each category (highest [MS], national average, Michigan, lowest [state])
  • Percent who say religion is very important in their lives: 82%, 56%, 54%, 36% [NH/VT]
  • Percent who say they attend religious services at least once a week: 60%, 39%, 38%, 22% [AK]
  • Percent who say they pray at least once a day: 77%, 58%, 56%, 40% [ME]
  • Percent who say they believe in God with absolute certainty: 91%, 71%, 71%, 54% [NH/VT]
The statistics are a sad commentary on the religious state of our country. Let's pray and work toward improvement!

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