Mississippi ranks the highest in religious practices in the country, according to a new survey ranking the importance of religion in people's lives.
Eight-two percent of those surveyed in Mississippi said religion is very important in their lives.
Five other Southern states range in the seven-in-ten ratio on the significance of religion, Alabama and Arkansas (74%), Louisiana (73%), Tennessee (72%) and South Carolina (70%).
At the bottom of the list in the least religious states are New Hampshire and Vermont with only 36 percent. The rest of New England, Oregon, Colorado, and Alaska were also listed at the bottom in the importance of religion.
California and Washington both tied for 48%.
According to the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life, the states were ranked on four measures: the importance of religion in people's lives, frequency of attendance at worship services, frequency of prayer and absolute certainty of belief in God.
See the Pew Forum interactive map