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Top Bible-Minded Cities in 2015

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.

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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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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Thanks for sharing this, Shawn. Although the “Bible Belt” designation continues to be accurate according to this Barna report, what strikes me most is that Americans live in a mission field–whatever city they may live in. If the most Bible-minded city in our country is 51% “Bible minded” then there’s plenty of space in most of our minds to focus much more on God and His Word. Exciting times of great change and yet great opportunity! God be praised and better known throughout this country.

    January 28, 2015
    • Right on, Lanny! Thanks for your comment.

      January 28, 2015

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