I’m late to the game on this one, but I just discovered some great statistical information regarding changes in the religious identity of Americans between 1990 and 2008, as well as a great interactive online chart visually displaying the information. Here is some of the most pertinent information:
- Those who claim to have no religious affiliation (called “Nones”) have grown in every state since 1990.
- The west and northeast coasts dominate the no religion category. VT comes in 1st with 34%. CA ranks 15th with 18%. MI ranks last with 5%.
- Non-Christian religions have grown in all but 6 states since 1990.
- Protestants have diminished in all but 4 states.
- Catholics have diminished in all but 20 states.
- Catholics have increased in CA from 27% in 1990 to 38% in 2008.
- The northeast has the highest percentage of Catholics (RI has 46%). CA ranks 5th with 38%. AL ranks last with 6%.
- The south is mostly Protestant (AL has 80%). CA ranks 45th with 35%. MA ranks last with 26%.
- CT has the most non-Christian religious adherents (8%). CA ranks 6th with 5%. Wyoming ranks last with 1%.
- For those who simply don’t know what to say their religious identity is, OR comes in 1st place with 7% (compared to 2% in 1990), and DE last with 2% (in 1990 they were ranked 1st with 6%). CA has 5%.
The beliefs of Nones was broken down further:
- 51% believe in a deity of some sort
- ~24% believe in a non-personal God
- ~27% believe in a personal God
- ~36% are agnostic (~19% hard agnostics, ~17% soft agnostics)
- ~7% are atheist
- 22% of 18-29 year old are Nones