Maybe I’m Comparing Apples and Oranges Here…


…but Gallop recently issued their survey on the most and least religious states in the good ol’ US of A, based on the frequency of church attendance. I wasn’t surprised to see Utah top the list (because Brigham Young will personally fly down from Kolob and punch you in the face if you don’t attend Temple), but I was surprised to see that the highest percentage was only 51%.

This top 10 list, of course, contains no surprises:

State %
Utah 51
Mississippi 47
Alabama 46
Louisiana 46
Arkansas 45
South Carolina 42
Tennessee 42
Kentucky 41
North Carolina 40
Georgia 39

Just missing the list are Texas, which is it’s own special brand of crazy and Oklahoma, which is currently in the process of trying to rewrite Advanced Placement history for high schoolers, to make America sound even more awesome.

It also goes without saying that of the 10 States, only 1 (Kentucky) isn’t Republican-led across the board; Governor, Upper and Lower Houses.

So, what else do these Top 10 GOP-led, most religious states have in common?

How about the poorest states in the country?

State Poverty Rate
Mississippi 24.1
New Mexico 22.0
Louisiana 19.8
Georgia 19.0
Washington DC 18.9
Kentucky 18.8
Alabama 18.7
Arizona 18.6
South Carolina 18.6
West Virginia 18.5

Six out of the 10 most religious states are also the poorest. None of them cracked the list of top 10 richest states.

When it comes to unemployment, we find most of the usual suspects right up there:

State Unemployment  %
Mississippi 7.2
California 7.0
Georgia 6.9
Nevada 6.8
Rhode Island 6.8
Arizona 6.7
Louisiana 6.7
Oregon 6.7
Tennessee 6.6
South Carolina 6.5
Connecticut 6.4

Of course, these religious states are all about being pro-life, and abstinence education, but guess which ones have the highest teen pregnancy rates:

1. New Mexico – 80/1,000
2. Mississippi – 76/1,000
3. Texas – 73/1,000
4. Arkansas – 73/1,000
5. Louisiana – 69/1,000
6. Oklahoma – 69/1,000
7. Nevada – 68/1,000
8. Delaware – 67/1,000
9. South Carolina – 65/1,000
10. Hawaii – 65/1,000

Once again the same old names keep cropping up.

Of course, I’m really just being ass and throwing numbers around, but you’d think that if these people were praying so hard, their god would be helping them along a bit more. Like he is the Mormons, so maybe Joseph Smith was onto something. Or maybe God’s punishing Mississippi, because those damn gays can get married in New York?

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PsyGremlin is a former Conservapedia sysop (although the position was earned nefariously), stand up comedian, DJ, and is currently a self-employed financial adviser, who impersonates a responsible adult at least 5 days a week. However, highlighting and poking fun at the crazies out there remains his first love. Well besides pork crackling. And custard. And cricket.
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One Response to Maybe I’m Comparing Apples and Oranges Here…

  1. CSM says:

    In one of his talks, Jerry Coyne asserts that levels of religiosity track levels of hardship, with about a 6 month lag. I.e. when things go pear-shaped, folks turn to gawd. When things pick up, they leave gawd.

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