Gallup: Only 23% of D.C. Residents Go to Church Weekly

By Terence P. Jeffrey | February 25, 2015 | 4:53pm EST

First Lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Jill Biden, former President Bill Clinton and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the National Cathedral on Jan. 21, 2009 (AP Photo)

( - In Washington, D.C., the nation's capital city, 75 percent of adults do not go to church at least once a week, according to the Gallup poll, while only 23 percent do. Another 2 percent told the polling firm they "don't know" when asked how often they go to church.

When ranked with the 50 states, D.C. was fifth from last in the percentage of its residents who attend church services at least once a week.

During 2014, Gallup asked 177,030 people 18 years or older living in the United States this question: "How often do you attend church, synagogue or mosque--at least once a week, almost every week, about once a month, seldom or never?"

In Washington, D.C., 23 percent said they attended at least once a week, 28 percent said they attended almost every week or once a month, 47 percent said they attended seldom or never, and 2 percent said they did not know.

There were 29 states plus the District of Columbia where only a third or fewer of the residents surveyed said they attend church at least once a week. These included:

--Vermont (17 percent)

--New Hampshire (20 percent)

--Maine (20 percent)

--Massachusetts (22 percent)

--Washington, D.C. (23 percent)

--Washington state (24 percent)

--Oregon (24 percent)

--Hawaii (25 percent)

--Colorado (24 percent)

--Connecticut (25 percent)

--Alaska (26 percent)

--Montana (27 percent)

--Nevada (27 percent)

--New York (27 percent)

--California (28 percent)

--Wyoming (28 percent)

--Rhode Island (28 percent)

--Wisconsin (29 percent)

--New Jersey (30 percent)

--Minnesota (31 percent)

--South Dakota (31 percent)

--Maryland (31 percent)

--Florida (32 percent)

--Iowa (32 percent)

--Pennsylvania (32 percent)

--North Dakota (32 percent)

--Illinois (32 percent)

--Ohio (32 percent)

--Kansas (33 percent)

--Arizona (33 percent).

In only 9 states did 40 percent or more of the residents surveyed say they attend church at least once a week. These included:

--Utah (51 percent)

--Mississippi (47 percent)

--Alabama (46 percent)

--Louisiana (46 percent)

--Arkansas (45 percent)

--South Carolina (42 percent)

--Tennessee (42 percent)

--Kentucky (41 percent)

--North Carolina (40 percent).

Vermont had the largest share of residents--71 percent--who said they seldom or never go to church. Alabama--at 29 percent--had the smallest share of residents who said they seldom or never go to church.

The number of people surveyed in each state varied widely, which large numbers of people being polled in large states and smaller numbers in small states. For example, Gallup asked the question of 17,351 people in California and 10,221 in Florida, but only 539 in South Dakota and 383 in D.C. "Margins of error for individual states are no greater than +/-6 percentage points, and are +/- 3 percentage points in most states," said Gallup's analysis.

To see Gallup's full analysis of this survey click here.

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