Least Religious States

Religion is a fundamental organizing characteristic of human societies across the globe. There are a handful of major world religions, such as Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, and Hinduism, while there are also many more smaller religious groups. 

In the United States, each state has a percentage of people who self-report being highly religious. This percentage of the state’s total population ranges from the lowest, at 33%, to its highest, at 77%, according to Pew Research from 2016. A person’s religiosity is measured by assessing their self-reported beliefs regarding their certainty that God exists, as well as their formal religious practices such as prayer or Church attendance for example. 

The five least religious states are all located in the Northeastern United States. In contrast to the Northeastern Coastal United States, the states that are the most religious by self-report are all in the Southern United States. 

One benefit of being a religious person that’s relatively well-documented is a higher overall quality of life and well-being. Religion gives people a narrative that they can attune their lives to, and that narrative attunement also gives their lives’ meaning. On the other hand, skeptics of religion and non-religious people often criticize its formality, dogmatic nature, and the faults of its members.

Scroll through the data in the charts to learn more about the least religious states.

Religiousness by State

Alabama - Religiousness

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77%

#52 in the US

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77%

#1 in the US

Alaska - Religiousness

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41%

#6 in the US

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45%

#44 in the US

Arizona - Religiousness

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51%

#27 in the US

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53%

#27 in the US

Arkansas - Religiousness

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70%

#48 in the US

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70%

#5 in the US

California - Religiousness

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47%

#17 in the US

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49%

#35 in the US

Colorado - Religiousness

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47%

#18 in the US

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47%

#41 in the US

Connecticut - Religiousness

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42%

#7 in the US

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43%

#47 in the US

Delaware - Religiousness

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46%

#15 in the US

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52%

#32 in the US

District of Columbia - Religiousness

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50%

#21 in the US

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53%

#28 in the US

Florida - Religiousness

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53%

#30 in the US

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54%

#22 in the US

Georgia - Religiousness

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64%

#44 in the US

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66%

#8 in the US

Hawaii - Religiousness

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44%

#8 in the US

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47%

#42 in the US

Idaho - Religiousness

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51%

#28 in the US

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51%

#33 in the US

Illinois - Religiousness

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50%

#22 in the US

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51%

#34 in the US

Indiana - Religiousness

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53%

#31 in the US

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54%

#23 in the US

Iowa - Religiousness

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53%

#32 in the US

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55%

#19 in the US

Kansas - Religiousness

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50%

#23 in the US

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55%

#20 in the US

Kentucky - Religiousness

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63%

#42 in the US

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63%

#13 in the US

Louisiana - Religiousness

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71%

#49 in the US

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71%

#4 in the US

Maine - Religiousness

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34%

#5 in the US

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34%

#48 in the US

Maryland - Religiousness

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50%

#24 in the US

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54%

#24 in the US

Massachusetts - Religiousness

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33%

#3 in the US

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33%

#50 in the US

Michigan - Religiousness

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50%

#25 in the US

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53%

#29 in the US

Minnesota - Religiousness

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46%

#16 in the US

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49%

#36 in the US

Mississippi - Religiousness

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74%

#51 in the US

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77%

#2 in the US

Missouri - Religiousness

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56%

#35 in the US

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60%

#15 in the US

Montana - Religiousness

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44%

#9 in the US

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48%

#39 in the US

Nebraska - Religiousness

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54%

#34 in the US

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54%

#25 in the US

Nevada - Religiousness

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44%

#10 in the US

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49%

#37 in the US

New Hampshire - Religiousness

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33%

#4 in the US

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33%

#51 in the US

New Jersey - Religiousness

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50%

#26 in the US

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55%

#21 in the US

New Mexico - Religiousness

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59%

#39 in the US

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57%

#18 in the US

New York - Religiousness

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45%

#13 in the US

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46%

#43 in the US

North Carolina - Religiousness

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62%

#41 in the US

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65%

#10 in the US

North Dakota - Religiousness

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53%

#33 in the US

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53%

#30 in the US

Ohio - Religiousness

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56%

#36 in the US

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58%

#17 in the US

Oklahoma - Religiousness

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64%

#45 in the US

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66%

#9 in the US

Oregon - Religiousness

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45%

#14 in the US

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48%

#40 in the US

Pennsylvania - Religiousness

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51%

#29 in the US

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53%

#31 in the US

Rhode Island - Religiousness

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48%

#19 in the US

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49%

#38 in the US

South Carolina - Religiousness

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69%

#47 in the US

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70%

#6 in the US

South Dakota - Religiousness

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57%

#37 in the US

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59%

#16 in the US

Tennessee - Religiousness

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71%

#50 in the US

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73%

#3 in the US

Texas - Religiousness

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63%

#43 in the US

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64%

#11 in the US

Utah - Religiousness

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58%

#38 in the US

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64%

#12 in the US

Vermont - Religiousness

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32%

#2 in the US

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34%

#49 in the US

Virginia - Religiousness

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60%

#40 in the US

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61%

#14 in the US

Washington - Religiousness

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44%

#11 in the US

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45%

#45 in the US

West Virginia - Religiousness

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64%

#46 in the US

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69%

#7 in the US

Wisconsin - Religiousness

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44%

#12 in the US

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45%

#46 in the US

Wyoming - Religiousness

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49%

#20 in the US

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54%

#26 in the US

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#1 in the US