The American Bible Society, in partnership with the Barna Group, has released its third annual list of the “Most and Least Bible-Minded Cities in the United States.”
The study is based on interviews with 65,064 adults conducted over a 10-year period. It lists 100 cities in order from most Bible-minded (#1) to least Bible-minded (#100). It is intended to explore overall openness or resistance to the Bible in various cities across the United States.
Individuals who report reading the Bible in a typical week and who strongly assert that the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches are considered to be “Bible-minded”.
Not surprisingly, the South (appropriately known as the “Bible Belt”) is the most Bible-minded region of the country, with all of the top 10 cities “located below the Mason-Dixon line,” according to the study.
In contrast, the least Bible-minded cities were predominantly in the Northeast.
The Top 10 MOST Bible-Minded Cities:
- Chattanooga, Tennessee
- Birmingham, Alabama
- Roanoke/Lynchburg, Virginia
- Shreveport, Louisiana
- Tri-Cities, Tennessee
- Charlotte, North Carolina
- Little Rock/Pine Bluff, Arkansas
- Knoxville, Tennessee
- Greenville/Spartanburg/Anderson, South Carolina/Asheville, North Carolina
- Lexington, Kentucky
And the 10 LEAST Bible-Minded Cities:
- Salt Lake City, Utah (17%)
- Phoenix/Prescott, Arizona (16%)
- Hartford/New Haven, Connecticut (16%)
- San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, California (15%)
- Las Vegas, Nevada (14%)
- Buffalo, New York (13%)
- Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa (13%)
- Providence, Rhode Island/New Bedford, Massachusetts (12%)
- Boston, Massachusetts/Manchester, New Hampshire (11%)
- Albany/Schenectady/Troy, New York (10%)
For more information and details on the study, visit barna.org. Graphic via barna.org.