Is there a ‘war on Christmas?’ That might depend where you live.
A new study examining how Americans celebrate in every state found Maryland ranks No. 18 with 32.3 percent of residents not Christian or celebrating religiously. The national average is 29 percent.
Overall, 90 percent of Americans plan to celebrate in some fashion, but only 50 percent plan to attend church, and millions of others don’t identify as Christian at all.
Here are key findings in Maryland:
- No. 22 in the nation with 23 percent of residents who don’t claim a specific religion
- No. 15 with 1.20 percent of residents are Pagan, Wiccan or of a Native American faith
- No. 8 with 6.00 percent of the population is Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist or Hindu
Here are key national findings:
- The top 10 non-religious Christmas states are: Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Montana, California and Hawaii.
- The top 10 religious Christmas states are: Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, South Dakota, Arkansas, Missouri, Georgia and South Carolina.