Here’s the gospel truth: Minnesota ranks 9th in the nation in terms of religious beliefs, with 56.3 percent of residents claiming religious affiliation. The most religious state is Utah, with 79.1 percent of residents confirming their faith. However, according to the Association of Religious Data Archives, which compiles religious data once every decade, the number of Minnesota residents claiming religious affiliation has dropped from 65.1 percent in 1980 to 56.3 percent in 2010. By comparison, religious affiliation in the nation as a whole dropped from 50 percent to 48.8 percent over the same 30-year period.