New report reveals Alaskans’ religious identities

According to a new report by the American Values Atlas, Alaskans are far less likely than the general U.S. population to be affiliated with any particular religion or denomination.

The report looked at a random sampling of 338 Alaskans across the state in 2014. Findings showed that 28 percent of Alaskans were unaffiliated. Nationally this number is growing, but Alaska is six percentage points higher than the national average.

The survey found that more Alaskans identify as Protestant than any other religion or denomination. In particular, Alaskans said they were: White Evangelical Protestant (15 percent), White Mainline Protestant (12 percent), Black Protestant (2 percent), Hispanic Protestant (1 percent), and Other Non-White Protestant (11 percent).

About 15 percent of Alaskans said they were Catholics: White Catholic (6 percent), Hispanic Catholic (4 percent), Other Non-White Catholic (5 percent).

The next largest religious groups were the Orthodox (5 percent) and Mormons (2 percent). All other religious groups, including Jehovah’s Witness, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist, each claimed 1 percent or less of the state population.

Nationally, the survey found that the states with the largest percentage of Catholics were Rhode Island (44 percent), Massachusetts (38 percent), Connecticut (38 percent), New Jersey (38 percent), New York (34 percent) and New Hampshire (31 percent).

The American Values Atlas aims to provide information on the opinions, identities and values of communities across the U.S. Each year, it draws upon 50,000 annual telephone interviews among a random sample of Americans. The large sample size provides information on specific regions, all 50 states, and 30 major metropolitan areas.

The margin of error for total sample is +/- 0.5 percentage points.

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