Mar 29, 2024 - News

Most Michiganders don't attend religious services

Share of adults who say they never or rarely attend religious services
Data: Household Pulse Survey; Note: Adults who say they never attend or attend less than once a year; Map: Alice Feng/Axios

Those attending this year's Easter services will be in the minority: A majority of Michigan adults don't go to church or religious services, a new analysis of U.S. Census data shows.

Why it matters: More than three-quarters of Americans say religion's role in public life is shrinking, according to a recent study by Pew Research Center survey — the highest level since the group first started tracking such sentiment in 2001.

By the numbers: 51% of Michigan adults say they never or seldom attend church or religious services, compared with the national average of 49%.

  • 13% of Michigan residents attend services 1-3 times a year, 6% attend 4-11 times per year, and 19% attend 12 or more times.

Zoom in: Metro Detroit's attendance is slightly higher — 48% of adults here say they attend religious services less than one time a year.

Friction point: Nearly half of U.S. adults say they feel at least "some" tension between their religious beliefs and mainstream culture, Pew found.

  • That's up from 42% in 2020.

Zoom out: Vermont (75%), New Hampshire (66%) and Maine (66%) have the highest share of adults who say they never or seldom attend church or religious services.

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