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Gallup Poll: Utah Leads Nation in Weekly Church Attendance

By    |   Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 06:02 PM

More than half of Utah's residents attend religious services every week, the most of any state in the nation, a new poll shows.

According to a Gallup survey of 2014 church attendance, people living in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Arkansas are the next most likely to attend weekly church services, with 45-47 percent saying they show up every Sunday.

In Vermont, on the other hand, only 17 percent of residents say they attend weekly services.

According to the poll, the other five states in the top 10 for weekly church attendance are South Carolina and Tennessee, each with 42 percent; Kentucky with 41 percent; North Carolina with 40 percent; and Georgia, Texas and Oklahoma, each with 39 percent.

The bottom 10 after Vermont include New Hampshire and Maine, both with 20 percent; Massachusetts with 22 percent; Washington and Oregon, both with 24 percent; Hawaii, Connecticut and Colorado, each with 25 percent; and Alaska with 26 percent.

The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 1 percentage point.

"Utah's No. 1 position on the list is a direct result of that state's 59 percent Mormon population, as Mormons have the highest religious service attendance of any major religious group in the [United States]," a poll analysis states.

Yet, the analysis adds, "There is no definitive answer as to why residents in a state like Mississippi are so likely to be in church on Sundays, while residents in a state like Vermont are so unlikely."

A report from the Utah Department of Health, however, revealed how important church attendance was in lowering the risk of suicide in the state, the Deseret News reports.

The students who reported high levels of religious participation — attending services one time per week or more — were half as likely to have contemplated suicide, the newspaper reports.

"The adolescents that see suicide as an option are the ones who feel very isolated and feel that, you know, in a lot of cases they’re all alone," Greg Hudnall, executive director of Hope4Utah, a suicide prevention training group, told the newspaper.

"The religion helps them to feel a connectedness, and that connectedness is very powerful."

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