Oklahoma among “most Christian” states

Religious census conducted by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies has Oklahoma among the top five of “most Christian” states.
by Carla Hinton Modified: June 1, 2012 at 4:36 pm •  Published: June 1, 2012
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Perhaps no one is too surprised that Oklahoma is at the top of a list of “most Christian” states.

This distinction is among the findings in the U.S. Religion Census 2010 recently released by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies.

In the census, Oklahoma is No. 5 of the “most Christian” states, with 58,598 Christians per 100,000 people. Oklahoma is preceded, in order, by Utah, which tops the list, and North Dakota, Alabama and Louisiana. The five states rounding out the remainder of the top 10, are Mississippi, South Dakota, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Arkansas.

While I wasn't shocked about these findings, I thought there were many other statistics that were interesting:

The census found the largest Catholic churches are in the Western part of the U.S. as compared with the Northeast in 1971.

Orthodox Christian churches are growing;

Nearly one in three Mormons are in Utah;


by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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