An eager reader checks on the churchiness of our fine state and finds South Dakotans don’t go to church much more often than Minnesotans… or Californians.
Weekly church attendance in South Dakota is average, just like in the rest of the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic states. Our snowbirds appear to have brought Florida’s average down from the surrounding South but perhaps have boosted the Desert Southwest above the lower-than-average Sunday attendance in rest of the West.
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There are 16 states where a majority “seldom” or “never” go to church, including California and New York, where that figure is 51%. But 28% of Californians and 27% of New Yorkers go to church weekly, not much different from the percentage in South Dakota and Minnesota.
Related Reading: Gallup finds that 53% of Americans are satisfied with the influence of organized religion, down from 69% back in the nervous days of 2002. By a margin of nearly three to one, the dissatisfied think religion has too much influence, not too little, on American life.