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:

  1. Chattanooga, Tennessee
  2. Birmingham, Alabama
  3. Roanoke/Lynchburg, Virginia
  4. Shreveport, Louisiana
  5. Tri-Cities, Tennessee
  6. Charlotte, North Carolina
  7. Little Rock/Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  8. Knoxville, Tennessee
  9. Greenville/Spartanburg/Anderson, South Carolina/Asheville, North Carolina
  10. Lexington, Kentucky

And the 10 LEAST Bible-Minded Cities:

  1. Salt Lake City, Utah (17%)
  2. Phoenix/Prescott, Arizona (16%)
  3. Hartford/New Haven, Connecticut (16%)
  4. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, California (15%)
  5. Las Vegas, Nevada (14%)
  6. Buffalo, New York (13%)
  7. Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa (13%)
  8. Providence, Rhode Island/New Bedford, Massachusetts (12%)
  9. Boston, Massachusetts/Manchester, New Hampshire (11%)
  10. Albany/Schenectady/Troy, New York (10%)


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