“Nothing short of stunning” — Study finds New England losing its Catholic identity, while 15 percent of Americans profess no religion at all

A new study on American religion finds that Catholicism is facing a “stunning” decline in the northeast United States as the population center of U.S. Catholics shifts towards the southwest. Secularism continues to grow in all regions, while mainline Protestant denominations face the most significant population decline. The study, titled the “American Religious Identification Survey” (ARIS), was conducted by the Program on Public Values at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. According to the ARIS report, Catholic numbers and percentages rose in many states in the South and West mainly due to immigration.