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When it comes to the faith, a couple of Colorado cities have represented extremes in recent surveys, with Colorado Springs listed as one of the most saintly and Boulder called one of the least religious. But what about the state as a whole? A new Gallup poll ranks all fifty states plus the District of Columbia in terms of religion -- and Colorado winds up following Boulder's lead more than Colorado Springs'. How lacking in religion is it? Count down the complete roster from most to least religious below, accompanied by graphics and stats from Gallup. Number 1: Mississippi

Very religious: 61 percent Moderately religious: 29 percent Nonreligious: 10 percent

Number 2: Utah

Very religious: 60 percent Moderately religious: 14 percent Nonreligious: 26 percent

Number 3: Alabama

Very religious: 57 percent Moderately religious: 28 percent Nonreligious: 15 percent

Number 4: Louisiana

Very religious: 56 percent Moderately religious: 29 percent Nonreligious: 15 percent

Number 5: South Carolina

Very religious: 54 percent Moderately religious: 27 percent Nonreligious: 18 percent

Number 6: Tennessee

Very religious: 54 percent Moderately religious: 29 percent Nonreligious: 17 percent

Number 7: Georgia

Very religious: 52 percent Moderately religious: 30 percent Nonreligious: 18 percent

Number 8: Arkansas

Very religious: 51 percent Moderately religious: 30 percent Nonreligious: 19 percent

Number 9: North Carolina

Very religious: 50 percent Moderately religious: 31 percent Nonreligious: 19 percent

Number 10: Oklahoma

Very religious: 49 percent Moderately religious: 31 percent Nonreligious: 20 percent

Continue to keep counting down from the most to the least religious states according to a new Gallup poll. Number 11: Kentucky

Very religious: 49 percent Moderately religious: 30 percent Nonreligious: 22 percent

Number 12: Texas

Very religious: 48 percent Moderately religious: 32 percent Nonreligious: 21 percent

Number 13: Idaho

Very religious: 47 percent Moderately religious: 24 percent Nonreligious: 29 percent

Number 14: Nebraska

Very religious: 47 percent Moderately religious: 29 percent Nonreligious: 25percent

Number 15: Kansas

Very religious: 47 percent Moderately religious: 27 percent Nonreligious: 27 percent

Number 16: South Dakota

Very religious: 46 percent Moderately religious: 33 percent Nonreligious: 22 percent

Number 17: North Dakota

Very religious: 46 percent Moderately religious: 32 percent Nonreligious: 22 percent

Number 18: Indiana

Very religious: 46 percent Moderately religious: 27 percent Nonreligious: 28 percent

Number 19: Missouri

Very religious: 44 percent Moderately religious: 31 percent Nonreligious: 25 percent

Number 20: Virginia

Very religious: 44 percent Moderately religious: 30 percent Nonreligious: 25 percent

Continue to keep counting down from the most to the least religious states according to a new Gallup poll. Number 21: Iowa

Very religious: 43 percent Moderately religious: 27 percent Nonreligious: 30 percent

Number 22: West Virginia

Very religious: 42 percent Moderately religious: 34 percent Nonreligious: 25 percent

Number 23: Florida

Very religious: 42 percent Moderately religious: 29 percent Nonreligious: 29 percent

Number 24: Minnesota

Very religious: 42 percent Moderately religious: 29 percent Nonreligious: 30 percent

Number 25: Ohio

Very religious: 41 percent Moderately religious: 31 percent Nonreligious: 28 percent

Number 26: New Mexico

Very religious: 41 percent Moderately religious: 30 percent Nonreligious: 29 percent

Number 27: Pennsylvania

Very religious: 41 percent Moderately religious: 29 percent Nonreligious: 30 percent

Number 28: Michigan

Very religious: 41 percent Moderately religious: 28 percent Nonreligious: 31 percent

Number 29: Illinois

Very religious: 39 percent Moderately religious: 30 percent Nonreligious: 31 percent

Number 30: Maryland

Very religious: 39 percent Moderately religious: 29 percent Nonreligious: 32 percent

Continue to keep counting down from the most to the least religious states according to a new Gallup poll. Number 31: Wisconsin

Very religious: 38 percent Moderately religious: 32 percent Nonreligious: 31 percent

Number 32: Montana

Very religious: 38 percent Moderately religious: 28 percent Nonreligious: 35 percent

Number 33: Alaska

Very religious: 38 percent Moderately religious: 27 percent Nonreligious: 35 percent

Number 34: Wyoming

Very religious: 36 percent Moderately religious: 25 percent Nonreligious: 39 percent

Number 35: New Jersey

Very religious: 36 percent Moderately religious: 32 percent Nonreligious: 33 percent

Number 36: Delaware

Very religious: 36 percent Moderately religious: 33 percent Nonreligious: 32 percent

Number 37: Arizona

Very religious: 36 percent Moderately religious: 29 percent Nonreligious: 35 percent

Number 38: Colorado

Very religious: 35 percent Moderately religious: 26 percent Nonreligious: 39 percent

Number 39: Rhode Island

Very religious: 34 percent Moderately religious: 29 percent Nonreligious: 37 percent

Number 40: California

Very religious: 34 percent Moderately religious: 29 percent Nonreligious: 37 percent

Continue to keep counting down from the most to the least religious states according to a new Gallup poll. Number 41: New York

Very religious: 34 percent Moderately religious: 29 percent Nonreligious: 37 percent

Number 42: District of Columbia

Very religious: 32 percent Moderately religious: 30 percent Nonreligious: 38 percent

Number 43: Hawaii

Very religious: 32 percent Moderately religious: 32 percent Nonreligious: 36 percent

Number 44: Connecticut

Very religious: 32 percent Moderately religious: 27 percent Nonreligious: 41 percent

Number 45: Washington

Very religious: 32 percent Moderately religious: 27 percent Nonreligious: 41 percent

Number 46: Nevada

Very religious: 32 percent Moderately religious: 29 percent Nonreligious: 39 percent

Number 47: Oregon

Very religious: 31 percent Moderately religious: 26 percent Nonreligious: 43 percent

Number 48: Massachusetts

Very religious: 28 percent Moderately religious: 27 percent Nonreligious: 44 percent

Number 49: Maine

Very religious: 27 percent Moderately religious: 28 percent Nonreligious: 45 percent

Number 50: New Hampshire

Very religious: 24 percent Moderately religious: 26 percent Nonreligious: 51 percent

Number 51: Vermont

Very religious: 22 percent Moderately religious: 21 percent Nonreligious: 56 percent

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Lists & Weirdness archive circa July 2013: "Photos: Why the hell didn't Colorado Springs top the ten most saintly U.S. cities list?"

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