Poll: Colorado ranks low in weekly church attendance
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Colorado ranks among the bottom 10 states when it comes to attending church on a weekly basis.

According to a Gallup poll, only 25 percent of residents say they go to religious services every week. Meanwhile, our neighbors to the west top the list at 51 percent.

The high volume in Utah is "a direct result of (the state)'s 59 percent Mormon population," Gallup's Frank Newport writes, "as Mormons have the highest religious service attendance of any major religious group in the U.S."

The next most frequent church attendees are in the South - Mississippi (47 percent), Alabama (46 percent), Louisiana (46 percent) and Arkansas (45 percent). Ten of the top 12 churchgoing states are in the South.

At the bottom of the list is Vermont (17 percent). Just ahead of the Green Mountain State are New Hampshire (20 percent), Maine (20 percent), Massachusetts (22 percent), Washington (24 percent) and Oregon (24 percent). Half of the bottom 10 are in New England.

To determine these rankings, Gallup Daily drew on "tracking interviews throughout 2014 with 177,030 U.S. adults," the pollster reported. Statewide margins of error range from 3 percent to 6 percent.

Respondents were asked, "How often do you attend church, synagogue or mosque - at least once a week, almost every week, about once a month, seldom or never?" Surveyors then added up those who say "at least once a week."

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