Key facts about religiosity among youth
• The percentage of students reporting that religion plays an important role in their lives has decreased since the early 2000s. The widest gap is among tenth graders; in 2016, 27 percent reported religion played a very important role, compared with 35 percent in 2002.
• Females are more likely than their male peers to report that religion plays a very important role in their lives; a difference that is most pronounced among older students. In 2016, 34 percent of twelfth-grade females reported religion was very important, compared with 24 percent of twelfth-grade males.
• At all three grade levels, non-Hispanic black students are more likely than non-Hispanic white or Hispanic students to report that religion plays a very important role in their lives. For example, among twelfth graders in 2016, 49 percent of non-Hispanic black students reported that religion is very important, compared with 24 percent of non-Hispanic white and 31 percent of Hispanic students.