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Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Judith Lee prays with other worshipers gathered in St. Louis Cathedral after receiving their ashes in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. The Ash Wednesday ceremony follows the day after Mardi Gras and begins the Lenten season.

Forty-six percent of Louisiana residents say they attend religious services every week, the fourth-highest attendance rate in the nation, according to Gallup poll released this week.

Utah tops the list with slightly more than half of residents attending services weekly. Residents in the four Southern states of Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Arkansas are the next most likely to be frequent church attendees, with 45% to 47% reporting weekly attendance. At the other end of the spectrum is Vermont, where 17% of residents say they attend religious services every week.

The story is part of Gallup’s annual “State of the States” series, which reveals state-by-state differences on political, economic, religion and well-being measures.

See the story here.