Top 11 Most Catholic U.S. States

Can you name the states where the highest percentage of people are Catholic?
Source: Pew Forum
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Last updated: November 10, 2019
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Rhode Island
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
New Hampshire
North Dakota
Level ∞
Nov 10, 2019
North Dakota surprised me.
Level 81
Nov 10, 2019
From a quick look at demographics it seems there was lots of immigration from the Catholic parts of Germany.

More Wikipedia trivia: "North Dakota has the most churches per capita of any state. Additionally, North Dakota has the highest percentage of church-going population of any state."

Level 86
Nov 11, 2019
And I'm guessing Carlifornia and New Mexico are up there because of immigration coming from Mexico and central America?
Level 84
Nov 11, 2019
Yeah, I always thought of it as Lutheran country. I guess a lot of the German immigrants were fleeing the Kulturkampf.
Level 85
Nov 11, 2019
I was surprised that Maryland and Pennsylvania weren't on the list. They were traditionally quite Catholic states. Florida too with it's large hispanic population.

I guessed Louisiana because of its French heritage. And mainly guessed places with a lot of people with Irish/Italian/Hispanic heritage.

I did not expect North Dakota though.

Level 58
Nov 11, 2019
Odd there is no Maryland considering it was named after a Catholic Queen of England, Henrietta Maria.
Level 84
Nov 12, 2019
Oh yeah... Louisiana is one of two I missed but really obvious in retrospect. I'm very surprised that Texas and Arizona don't feature given the huge numbers of Hispanics there. Thought Florida might, as well, for the same reason.
Level 66
Feb 18, 2020
Random guessing works, or so it seems. I don't have much of an idea of how religions are spread throughout the U.S, but I guessed North Dakota. Given percentages it is by far the least likely to be guessed, it seems.
Level 84
Feb 18, 2020
It has some to do with each state's colonial history and some to do with immigration. Places with large numbers of Irish, Spanish, Italian, Polish, and Latino immigrants have a lot of Catholics in them. And Louisiana which was colonized originally by the French.
Level 76
Feb 21, 2020
Louisiana was also owned by Spain from 1762 to 1801, which added to its Catholic history.
Level 32
Jun 25, 2021
I got North Dakota because I had a roommate from there who was German and Catholic. It was a total revelation to me that there were German Catholic populations in the US, much less in North Dakota!