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U.S. States by Church Attendance

In which states do the highest percentage of people attend church every week?
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level 64
Dec 16, 2017
Really shows that religion is slowly on its way out.
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level 56
Dec 18, 2017
I agree with joeyboots. Though religion is losing its footing in places like the US and Europe, some of the most populous countries (India, Nigeria, Brazil) are super religious, so due to increasing birthrates in those places, religion is nowhere near gone.
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level 43
Dec 29, 2017
Sadly true
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level 61
Feb 5, 2018
You should take a closer look at the birth rate for Brazil. It is at similar level as in developed nations such as the US and UK.
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level 56
Feb 5, 2018
I stand corrected. Brazil's birthrate is actually lower than the U.S.'s! You learn something new every day.
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level 47
Feb 15, 2018
@Lucasc how could you possibly say it's sad NOT to see religion go? Even if you personally aren't religious, I challenge you to name a time in history when a society dominated by atheism didn't devolve into mass genocide. And before you cite the track record of organized religion, name a society where religion was widely practiced but NOT FORCED that was chaotic and/or destructive.
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level 56
Feb 15, 2018
@MasterKenobi I'm assuming you're referencing the USSR, which preached agnosticism at the end of its days. However, Norway now has more people who don't believe in God than do, and is consistently ranked as one of the best nations in the world in all aspects (quality of living, life expectancy, etc.) Meanwhile, Protestantism was certainly not forced in Germany before the Nazi regime officially took power - instead, people were fueled by a de facto anti-Semitism. Now, I'm not saying religion is bad or agnosticism is good. I'm just saying you should probably do your research before making absurd comments on a JetPunk quiz.
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level 65
Feb 4, 2018
Really? I think these numbers are amazingly high! I don't know anybody who has been to church other than for a wedding, a funeral or tourism reasons.
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level 75
Feb 5, 2018
When you say "I don't know anyone who ....", think about it for a minute. You're really saying something about yourself. People who DO go to church could say the exact opposite.
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level 65
Feb 5, 2018
So? You think I think that everybody's experience of the world and in the world is exactly the same as mine? Or that I can not make an objective observation?
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level 58
Feb 5, 2018
Where are you from?
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level 63
Dec 16, 2017
Mormons and the South
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level 69
Feb 16, 2018
I was thinking "BYU and the SEC" :)
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level 67
Dec 17, 2017
The usual suspects.
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level 63
Dec 17, 2017
More like states where the most people claim to attend church regularly.
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level 57
Dec 18, 2017
It's rare when the least guessed answer is the number one.
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level 49
Dec 18, 2017
Yeah, it dawned on me with 15 seconds left and then I misspelled a 4-letter state 5 times before finally getting it.
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level 60
Feb 4, 2018
Yeah- I immediately started with the Southern states because I knew I would hit a lot of them. Once I was 2/3 of the way through, I realized I hadn't gotten the number one answer yet and then remembered it wasn't anywhere close to the other states.
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level 31
Mar 14, 2018
I was clueless to what the number one answer was. I started getting the southern states right away due to a lucky guess, and had no idea what the top dog state was
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level 39
Apr 25, 2018
I immediately thought of Mormons and typed in Utah first, then switched to the southern states, though North Carolina surprised me a bit.
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level 11
Dec 18, 2017
I thought for sure Texas
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level 56
Dec 18, 2017
As a Texan, I feel like Texas is stereotyped as the typical Southern state a lot more than it should be considering it's not very Southern in culture.
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level 68
Dec 21, 2017
Texas and Florida do have distinct cultures - broadly speaking. But leave the cities in both states, and you're entering Deep South territory that flies the Stars and Bars proudly and where many believe that another secession might be necessary again one day to protect culture and heritage. Kind of like rolling back the clock a few decades.
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level 68
Feb 4, 2018
Back 40+ years ago Atlantic Magazine ran a cover article called "The Seven States of Texas" or something like that, making the point that there were a number of distinct cultures (social, political, religious, cultural, etc.,) that co-existed but did not mix in Texas. And, if I remember correctly, that prompted a number of letters from readers from Texas who complained that this article unfairly stereotyped Texans. I guess the lesson to take from that is that some Texans look at any outside commentary as biased. And maybe they're right.
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level 58
Feb 4, 2018
Clip from a movie that takes place in 1970s East Texas -- splits Texas into 5 (actually 6) states: "Of course I left out the Panhandle, and a lot of people do... Carthage, this is where the South begins." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JREkqCvLzSo
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level 60
Feb 5, 2018
Texas from around I-35 east is the South, or basically as Southern as it gets. It's not the same South as the Carolinas or Tennessee, but neither is Arkansas or Louisiana, and no one would doubt their Southern credentials. Dallas and Houston, and even Austin, resemble other big Southern cities like Atlanta or Charlotte more than anywhere else (Austin is a bit different but is most like an overgrown New Orleans, Asheville, Nashville, or Athens/other college town). Once you get further west than I-35 though, things start to get much more Western/Southwestern than the eastern chunk of Texas.
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level 47
Feb 15, 2018
Yeah, Texas is so big, it's in the South, the Midwest, AND the Southwest (the only state that can say that).
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level 56
Feb 15, 2018
@MasterKenobi Texas is surely not in the Midwest...
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level 56
Feb 4, 2018
I think the sheer population size of Texas makes it difficult for the state to qualify. Utah's population is about 3 million, so it ranks first because around 1.5 Utahans to church. Texas, on the other hand, has around 27 million people, so it's a lot harder to get to that 51% (or 40% to make the list). There are a lot of big cities in Texas, where people are less likely to go to church.
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level 67
Dec 18, 2017
51% is the highest? I guess America isn't as religious as I thought.
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level 67
Dec 18, 2017
Many Americans are passively religious. They don't go to church or read the Bible but they'll tell you they're christian. In the South especially you are assumed to be christian by default.
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level 53
Dec 23, 2017
I agree, as a Christian myself. I haven't gone to church in years and I've only touched the Bible like twice in my lifetime.
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level 75
Feb 5, 2018
So a Christian who has touched the bible twice in your life? Might want to look into that.
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level 56
Dec 18, 2017
51% is quite a lot if you really think about it. That means you can find half the state of Utah in church any given Sunday. That doesn't even include the people who go to church on Christmas and Easter.
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level 59
Feb 4, 2018
Also known as chreasters.
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level 53
Dec 18, 2017
Who else guessed Utah first?
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level 48
Feb 4, 2018
Me
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level 56
Feb 4, 2018
Well I guessed Texas first, but Utah was the first correct guess that I made!
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level 53
Dec 18, 2017
Also, this isn't related to this quiz. Benzeller how did you get your quiz featured after making it two days ago? Tell me your secrets.
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level 56
Dec 18, 2017
Hahaha I actually made this quiz a month ago today. If you go to the list of the rest of my quizzes, it'll say "created 11-18." I got the email that it would be featured two days ago, and that's when I got the picture and the format changed a bit (you can see what it used to look like on my other quiz about the lowest percent church attendance). This is my first feature though and I'm really excited!
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level 66
Feb 4, 2018
He is Quizmaster's brother-in-law.
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level 56
Feb 4, 2018
Either you made that up or my sisters have something to tell me...
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level 34
Feb 4, 2018
This is bad news for USA.
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level 58
Feb 4, 2018
Depends on how you look at it. It's still quite a high percentage, but on the other hand, luckily the numbers are slowly going down.
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level 75
Feb 5, 2018
Bad news how? Details please. Q5 believes that we should be considered "lucky" since the numbers are going down. I would content the opposite, that many of our problems in the US are due to people being too into themselves and not looking for ways to humble yourself and serve others. Guilty here, but working on it.
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level 68
Feb 4, 2018
Is there a correlation between this and US News best state rankings - https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/rankings (ranks health care, education, economy amongst other things)? 5 out of 10 are at the bottom of the table and with the notable exception of Utah (#7), the rest are all ranked below 25?
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level 56
Feb 4, 2018
Correlation - yeah, probably. Causation - probably not. I doubt the fact that many attend church causes the states to be worse. It could be the high percentage of rural population, which causes worse health care, education, and economy, as well as promotes a tight-knit oftentimes religious community in those small towns
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level 56
Feb 4, 2018
Not surprised by any of the states, but surprised by the percentages. The depiction of these states (especially ones like Arkansas and Mississippi, which lack major cities) is that everyone is a Bible thumper. Would have expected the number to be comfortably over 60% based on perception. Interesting.
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level 35
Feb 4, 2018
Seems like you have to be familiar with one specific region of the US.....sad
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level 43
Feb 4, 2018
Bible belt in the south to be sure; hopefully it's more than just in name only
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level 43
Feb 4, 2018
Old saying, but true as ever: Going to church don't make y'all a Christian any more than walking into a hen house makes you a chicken.
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level 52
Feb 4, 2018
Gamer1162 Not neccesarily, this quiz is about church attendance not how many identify with a religion, there's a difference.
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level 50
Feb 4, 2018
Finally featured!
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level 52
Feb 4, 2018
0:03 remaining. I had to type like mad to get all 10.
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level 55
Feb 5, 2018
All Trump states in 2016. I'll say no more. Draw your own conclusions.
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level 56
Feb 5, 2018
In other words: Name the 10 states with the lowest average IQ :)
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level 56
Feb 5, 2018
According to the Washington Post, the rankings are 50. Hawaii, 49. Nevada, 48. Mississippi, 47. Alabama, 46. Florida, 45. South Carolina, 44. West Virginia, 43. Louisiana, 42. North Carolina, 41. Arizona, 40. New Mexico. Only half of the states match, whereas the number one state, Utah, is 24th in the nation on IQ, making it statistically average.
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level 57
Feb 6, 2018
Well quizmaster23, you could also argue that people in those states have had less exposure to left-wing indoctrination by academia. Whether you are religious or not, or have attended a higher learning institution has no bearing on IQ. In fact, some of the smartest people out there who have sought to disprove Christianity and the existence of God, end up becoming some of the most fierce apologists for Christianity. Either way, your comment here does nothing but to insult others, and shows a lack of tolerance on your part.
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level 48
Feb 7, 2018
So edgy. Get a clue.
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level 48
Feb 7, 2018
Except for Utah - hello, Bible Belt!
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