Wednesday, January 28, 2009

And the least religious state is. . . .

I frequently get into "discussions" with individuals about the most secular/least religious parts of the country. I, of course, maintain that New England is, while many others claim that the Northwest is. Well, Gallup has put all that to rest - at least for now. The least religious states, according to Gallup, are (in order): Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. These are the only states where fewer than 50% of those polled expressed that religion was important in their every day life.

Below is a map of the results. To read my opinion as to why New England is so secular, read this post of mine from a few months back: Why Art Thou Secular, Ye Olde New England?


Mithun said...

Given that even the least religious states boast numbers in the 40-50% range, America still is a lot more religious than other industrialized nations (Europe, Japan). Just a thought.

Oh, and thanks for stopping by my blog. I met a guy at Boston Temple SDA the other day who mentioned he goes to one of your churches, and I outbursted with..."NEW ENGLAND PASTOR!" After some confusion with him and people around me, I explained that I read your blog. Sadly, I don't remember who that person was.

Shawn Brace said...

Hey Mithun,

Thanks for the comments. It's always intriguing to find out who's reading my blog. It's always surprising.

Yes, even though New England is so low, it pales in comparison to Europe. I spent a year in Scotland, where about 5% of the population goes to church.

A guy at the Boston Temple from one of my churches? Hmm. . . I'm not sure who that would have been - but he shouldn't have been playing hooky from my church!!! ;-)

mhb said...

I can believe that many New Englanders answered that religion is not important in their lives, because so many are very negative toward organized religion also known as "church".