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Top 11 Most Catholic U.S. States

Can you name the states where the highest percentage of people are Catholic?
Source: Pew Forum
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Last updated: November 10, 2019
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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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Nov 10, 2019
North Dakota surprised me.
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level 74
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 72
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 76
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 75
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 39
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 77
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 26
Nov 12, 2019
Vermont's the odd New England state.
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level 71
Nov 12, 2019
Maine isn’t there either.
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level 73
Nov 12, 2019
I don't think Sziszle's comment had anything to do with the quiz.
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level 76
Nov 14, 2019
I know mine didn't.