Top 11 Most Catholic U.S. States

Can you name the states where the highest percentage of people are Catholic?
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State
42
Rhode Island
34
Massachusetts
34
New Jersey
34
New Mexico
33
Connecticut
31
New York
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State
28
California
28
Illinois
26
Louisiana
26
New Hampshire
26
North Dakota
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Level ∞
Nov 10, 2019
North Dakota surprised me.
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Level 77
Nov 10, 2019
From a quick look at demographics it seems there was lots of immigration from the Catholic parts of Germany.

More Wikipedia trivia: "North Dakota has the most churches per capita of any state. Additionally, North Dakota has the highest percentage of church-going population of any state."

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Level 79
Nov 11, 2019
And I'm guessing Carlifornia and New Mexico are up there because of immigration coming from Mexico and central America?
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Level 78
Nov 11, 2019
Yeah, I always thought of it as Lutheran country. I guess a lot of the German immigrants were fleeing the Kulturkampf.
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Level 79
Nov 11, 2019
I was surprised that Maryland and Pennsylvania weren't on the list. They were traditionally quite Catholic states. Florida too with it's large hispanic population.

I guessed Louisiana because of its French heritage. And mainly guessed places with a lot of people with Irish/Italian/Hispanic heritage.

I did not expect North Dakota though.

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Level 56
Feb 18, 2020
Catholicism first came to America to Florida, Spain conquered the South West, and Maryland was a Catholic haven. And yet only 2 of those states even made the list. Wow.
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Level 70
Feb 18, 2020
Actually, it first came to America in the Bahamas.
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Level 79
Feb 21, 2020
They said America, not North America.
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Level 52
Nov 11, 2019
Odd there is no Maryland considering it was named after a Catholic Queen of England, Henrietta Maria.
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Level 80
Nov 12, 2019
Oh yeah... Louisiana is one of two I missed but really obvious in retrospect. I'm very surprised that Texas and Arizona don't feature given the huge numbers of Hispanics there. Thought Florida might, as well, for the same reason.
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Level 72
Feb 18, 2020
Catholics in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire? The fact that the Puritans failed miserably in keeping New England purely Protestant warms my heart. Good job immigrants!
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Level 67
Feb 18, 2020
You have nothing against Protestants/Protestantism, have you?
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Level 72
Feb 19, 2020
Nope, I have nothing against Protestantism any more than I do against any single religion. I just prefer religious diversity to homogeneity.
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Level 72
Feb 18, 2020
You probably made the same mistake as me... the dominance of Irish and/or Italian ancestry in the smaller states outweighs the (probably) greater total number of Hispanic Americans across the south and west
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Level 62
Feb 18, 2020
Random guessing works, or so it seems. I don't have much of an idea of how religions are spread throughout the U.S, but I guessed North Dakota. Given percentages it is by far the least likely to be guessed, it seems.
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Level 80
Feb 18, 2020
It has some to do with each state's colonial history and some to do with immigration. Places with large numbers of Irish, Spanish, Italian, Polish, and Latino immigrants have a lot of Catholics in them. And Louisiana which was colonized originally by the French.
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Level 79
Feb 21, 2020
Louisiana was also owned by Spain from 1762 to 1801, which added to its Catholic history.