Each year, the Barna Group and the American Bible Society rank the top Bible-minded cities. The 100 largest cities are ranked according to their levels of Bible engagement. Bible-mindedness is determined by how often people read the Bible and how accurate they consider the Bible to be. The latest results are shown in the graphic below.
As you can see, the top five Bible-minded cities are in the South. The most Bible-minded city is Birmingham, Alabama, with 51 percent of the population qualifying as Bible-minded. Chattanooga, Tennessee, Tri-Cities, Tennessee, Roanoke, Virginia, and Shreveport, Louisiana round out the top five.
At the other end of the spectrum, Providence, Rhode Island is the least Bible-minded city, with 9 percent of the population qualifying as Bible-minded. Albany, New York, Boston, Massachusetts, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and San Francisco, California comprise the rest of the five least Bible-minded cities. New York fell to the bottom 10 this year.
From this study, it is clear that the “Bible-belt” of the South remains to be an accurate designation. The least Bible-minded cities are generally in the Northeast, but also include a scattering of some cities in the West—San Francisco, Las Vegas, and Phoenix.
What other observations can you make from the state of Bible-minded cities in the United States?
Barna Group also has information on individual cities.
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