Godly or Godless: Is Your City a Bible-Minded City?

Craig HueyFaith1 Comment

Chattanooga, Tenn., is No. 1

Los Angeles 85.

Those considered to be Bible-minded report reading the Bible in the past week and who strongly assert the Bible is accurate in the principles it teaches.

The rankings reflect an overall openness or resistance to the Bible in various U.S. cities. Nationally only 25 percent of the population is considered Bible-minded.

The study is based on interviews with nearly 77,000 adults over a 10-year period.

The top Bible-minded Cities in 2017 are:

  • For the second year in a row, Chattanooga, Tenn. is No. 1 with 50 percent.
  • 2nd place goes to Birmingham-Anniston-Tuscaloosa, Ala., with 49 percent.
  • 3rd spot went to Roanoke-Lynchburg, Va., with 48 percent.
  • 4th spot takes us back to Tennessee with the Tri-Cities area at 48 percent.
  • We stay in the South as Shreveport, La., takes the 5th spot with 47 percent.
  • The next five spots of to the “Bible Belt” cities of Charlotte, N.C. at 46 percent, Springfield, Mo. At 46 percent, Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Ark. With 44 percent, Knoxville, Tenn. at 44 percent, Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, S.C. with 44 percent and Ashville, N.C. at 44 percent.

The least Bible-Minded Cities in 2017 are:

  • 1 is Albany-Schenectady-Troy, N.Y. at 10 percent, for the second year in a row.
  • The 2nd and 3rd spots go to the New England area, with Boston, Mass. And Manchester, New Hampshire at 11 percent; Providence, R.I. and New Bradford, Mass. Come in at 12 percent.
  • At No. 4 is Cedar Rapids-Waterloo, Iowa at 14 percent, the only Midwest city in the low five.
  • The remaining Low 10 features Buffalo, N.Y. at 14 percent, Las Vegas, Nev. At 14 percent, San Francisco-Oakland at 15 percent, Hartford-New Haven, Conn. At 16 percent, Salt Lake City, Utah with 17 percent, and New York, N.Y. in 10th place with 17 percent.

Every year, we look at the ranking of the nation’s top 100 media markets based on their level of Bible engagement, thanks to Barna and the American Bible Society.

We are obviously a country that needs to turn back to God and His word.

As Psalms 33:12 reminds us:

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.

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One Comment on “Godly or Godless: Is Your City a Bible-Minded City?”

  1. I am truly surprised that San Francisco/Oakland was only no. 6 on the minus side, and that Salt Lake City was even on that list.
    I am encouraged that Tulsa, OK, as godly as it has seemed for the past 68 years of my knowing it well, wasn’t even on the plus side list. Must be some fine folks in the top-ranking cities that beat out Tulsa!

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