Utah was named the state with the highest weekly church attendance in a recent Gallup poll, with the largely Mormon state taking the top spot over the traditional Bible Belt states -- including Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Arkansas -- the Christian Headlines website reports today (February 20, 2015).
According to the poll, 51 percent of Utah residents say they attend religious services each week. This was bolstered by Utah's Mormon population of 59 percent.
New England states reported the lowest church attendance, with only 17 percent of Vermont citizens claiming to attend church services weekly.
Survey editor Frank Newport said, "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."