Friday, February 13, 2009

Religious states

Guess which state is more religious: California or Colorado?

Colorado, as you might know, is home to Focus on the Family and a ton of religious organizations, many in Colorado Springs.

To my surprise, according to a recent Gallup Poll, California and Colorado are TIED when responders were asked "Is religion an important part of your daily life?" California, Colorado, and HAWAII all tied at 57 percent.

The highest response (at 85 percent) was in Mississippi, and the lowest, to my surprise, was Vermont (at 42 percent). California didn't even make the bottom 10, which strangely disappoints me. Of course, this does not specify what kind of religion; the religion that's important may be a whiff of spirituality, but still.

Here's a map with the breakdown:

Apparently, there's something about being in the northernmost corners of the country that makes Americans non-religious. What's that about?

And then there's Nevada. I guess working in the casinos takes all the religion out of a person.

I don't have any conclusions to draw; I just thought it was kind of interesting.

Incidentally, there's a related poll about which nations are the most religious, also very interesting. At the top of the list is...Egypt, at 100 percent!

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