The annual survey conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute provides some incredible insight into the religious landscape of the United States.
These findings have been presented as 22 statistic-overlaid maps by the Washington Post in an article entitled, “The religious states of America, in 22 maps.”
Some of the more notable statistics to come from the survey include:
- For the first time ever, America is not a majority Protestant nation. Only 47 percent of America identified as Protestant in 2014.
- Seniors are three times more likely than young Americans to claim a religious affiliation.
- Evangelicals account for more than a fourth of the population in 16 states.
- Evangelicals represent 18 percent of the population surveyed, with their ranks as large as 43 percent in Tennessee and as little as 4 percent in Utah.
- “Unaffiliated” was the most common religious group selected by residents in 13 states.
- The unaffiliated were the second-largest religion grouping nationally, with 22 percent ans as much as a third of the population in Oregon.